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Saints kneel before, rise during anthem; Dolphins divided

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New Orleans Saints players, coaches and staff knelt before the start of the national anthem but stood in unison once it began ahead of their game against the Miami Dolphins at London’s Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

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San Diego Chargers shock Jacksonville Jaguars out of division title race

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On “Salute to Service” Day at EverBank Field, it was appropriate that the Jacksonville Jaguars hosted the San Diego Chargers. Against their fellow Naval town team, the Jags needed to make a statement. The statement they made? That when the pressure is on and the stakes get higher, the Jaguars just aren’t ready, despite the collection of talent at offensive skill positions. A collection diminished by a key piece on the last Jaguars’ drive of the game, as Allen Hurns…

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For Cardiac Cats, “all gold everything” means a win

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On “All Gold Everything” Thursday night, the Jacksonville Jaguars needed a big win against AFC South rivals the Tennessee Titans. And got it. But damned if they didn’t have to work for it. Marcus Mariota came out firing for the road squad, getting the Titans near the Jags’ 30 on the first drive, throwing darts, and getting Tennessee in range for a 47 yard FG from reliable veteran Ryan Succop. Blake Bortles, down 3-0, went three and out and on his…

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Jacksonville Jaguars beat Buffalo Bills, avoid epic second half collapse

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Glimmers of hope. That’s what Jaguars fans were reduced to looking for, as the team sat at 1-5 before a London tilt against E.J. Manuel and the Buffalo Bills. Though Jaguars owner Shad Khan gave coach Gus Bradley and general manager Dave Caldwell public assurances that no midseason changes were in the offing, Jacksonville fans haven’t been quite as accommodating to that vote of confidence as the local media. Game 7 looked winnable from the outset. The Bills’ skill player roster, largely…

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Jaguars TE Julius Thomas expected to play at Tampa Bay

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The latest from NFL games around the league on the fifth Sunday of the season (all times EDT): 9:15 a.m. Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas is expected to make his season debut at Tampa Bay. The team says Thomas is “likely” to play against the Buccaneers (1-3) on Sunday. Thomas practiced this week without a cast for the first time since breaking his right hand in the preseason opener Aug. 14. He had surgery Sept. 2. Thomas caught 108…

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Jaguars’ Julius Thomas unlikely to make season debut at Colts

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Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas is unlikely to make his season debut at Indianapolis on Sunday. Thomas visited a hand specialist Tuesday, but did not get clearance to participate in a full practice or play. Thomas said Wednesday “the good news is no bad news.” So his injured hand is still healing and Thomas is still waiting. Thomas, who signed a five-year, $46 million contract that included $24 million guaranteed in free agency, broke a bone in his right…

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An important preseason game for Blake Bortles and Luke Joeckel

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The rap on preseason NFL games is that they don’t matter. This is true in the sense that they don’t count in the standings. But for Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles and offensive tackle Luke Joeckel, the Jags game in New York against Tom Coughlin and the Giants definitely means something. The talk about Bortles in year 2 is whether or not he can make the jump from being a first half checkdown artist prone to the second half pick six…

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