ATLANTA (AP) NFL owners approved a new policy Wednesday aimed at quelling the firestorm over national anthem protests sparked by Colin Kaepernick and polarized by President Trump, permitting players to stay in the locker room during the "The Star-Spangled Banner" but requiring them to stand if they come to the field.
Commissioner Roger Goodell said the change was approved unanimously by the owners at their spring meeting in Atlanta, but even that was up for debate.
The head of the San Francisco 49ers - Kaepernick's former team - said his franchise abstained from the vote. CEO Jed York said he wasn't comfortable with a process that didn't directly involve the players.
ATLANTA (AP) The NFL draft is heading to Music City.
League owners awarded the 2019 draft to Nashville during their annual spring meetings on Wednesday, clearly impressed with the city's turnout for events such as the NHL Stanley Cup Final and a party to unveil redesigned uniforms for the Tennessee Titans.
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) Veteran NFL guard Richie Incognito has been taken into custody for psychiatric examination after an incident at a Florida gym.
Boca Raton police say they received a call Wednesday from a gym patron about a disturbance and as a result took Incognito into custody under Florida's Baker Act, which allows for involuntary psychiatric commitment for people seen as a danger to themselves or others.
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Ryan Tannehill dropped back to pass and the pocket quickly collapsed, making it just like old times.
An onrushing end merely waved as he went by because Wednesday's drills involved no contact, which spared Tannehill a blow. Instead, he scooted away on his reconstructed left knee toward the sideline and encountered a linebacker, who also pulled up at the last moment.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) Two-time All-Pro right guard Zack Martin missed the first session of the Dallas Cowboys' voluntary offseason practices and wasn't expected to take part Wednesday while working on a contract extension.
Martin, an All-Pro in 2014 and 2016, was on site doing off-field work Tuesday.
PITTSBURGH (AP) Ben Roethlisberger insists he has no problem with the Pittsburgh Steelers drafting Mason Rudolph.
That his comments during a radio appearance shortly after the Steelers took the former Oklahoma State star in the third round of the draft - when Roethlisberger openly wondered why the team drafted a quarterback when he plans to be around a good while longer - were made in jest.