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Carroll backs Bennett but urges standing

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RENTON, Wash. (AP) Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday that he supported Michael Bennett's decision to sit during the national anthem while also saying he believes players should stand for "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Bennett's actions were a primary topic of conversation for Carroll two days after Bennett sat on the bench during the anthem before the preseason opener against the Los Angeles Chargers. Bennett didn't inform Carroll or his teammates of his decision to sit while the rest of the Seahawks stood locked arm-in-arm on the sideline Sunday.

"It's easy for me to support him in his issues. But I think we should all be standing up when we're playing the national anthem," Carroll said.

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Lynch not talking about anthem protest

NAPA, Calif. (AP) Marshawn Lynch isn't shedding anymore light on his decision to sit during the national anthem before the Oakland Raiders' first exhibition game.

Lynch declined to comment on why he chose to sit down Saturday night while the rest of his teammates stood during the anthem before a game in Arizona against the Cardinals.

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NFLPA appeals Elliott's suspension

NEW YORK (AP) The NFL Players Association has appealed Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension over the league's conclusion that its 2016 rushing leader injured his former girlfriend in three separate incidents last summer.

The union said Tuesday it will represent Elliott "to ensure that the NFL is held to its obligation of adhering to principles of industrial due process under the collective bargaining agreement."

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Panthers give LB Davis 1-year extension

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Thomas Davis won't have to worry about ever playing for another NFL team.

The Panthers have signed the 34-year-old veteran outside linebacker Thomas Davis to a one-year contract extension, keeping him with the team through the 2018 season. The deal is worth $6.76 million and includes $3 million in guaranteed money, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The person spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the team doesn't release financial terms of contracts.

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Eagles clear RB Mathews, then cut him

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Eagles have released Ryan Mathews after the former Pro Bowl running back was cleared to return to football activities following neck surgery.

Mathews played two seasons with the Eagles after spending his first five years in San Diego. He had 1,200 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns for Philadelphia.

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Miami CB Lippett done with Achilles tear

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) The Miami Dolphins limped to the end of training camp Tuesday, and it's difficult to argue they're better than when they started.

Even by NFL standards, injuries have taken a heavy toll, and the latest will sideline cornerback Tony Lippett for the entire season. Lippett tore his Achilles tendon during practice Monday and will need surgery.

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Chargers LB Perryman likely out 2 months

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Denzel Perryman is likely to be out for at least two months after injuring his ankle in the preseason opener.

Perryman had surgery on a torn ligament in his left ankle Tuesday, coach Anthony Lynn said. The Chargers' starting middle linebacker will miss at least several regular-season games, but Lynn was pleased to know Perryman will return this season.

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Vikings WR Treadwell returns to practice

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Laquon Treadwell has returned to practice following a two-week absence caused by a hamstring injury.

Treadwell took his first turns in full-team drills on Tuesday since July 31, when he was last seen engaging in a scuffle with safety Antone Exum. Treadwell said he hopes to be able to play with the Vikings in their exhibition game at Seattle on Friday, but precaution could top eagerness in this case.

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Bills LT Glenn week to week due to foot

PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills starting left tackle Cordy Glenn took the next step in addressing lingering soreness in his left foot by receiving an injection.

In announcing Tuesday that Glenn was listed as week to week, coach Sean McDermott said only that the player traveled to Wisconsin to have the procedure done by foot specialist Robert Anderson. McDermott would not disclose the nature of the injury or the injection, which took place a little more than a week after Glenn was examined by Anderson .

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Lions denounce logo use at white rally

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions say they "detest and disavow" any use of their logo associated with the event last Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia.

A photo attributed to Getty Images showed someone with a logo similar to the one the Lions use , although it was blue and red and had stars on it.

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