Former Cowboys safety Darren Woodson was among the preliminary nominees for this year’s Pro Football Hall of Fame class, but he didn’t make the cut. One player who did make the cut isn’t happy about that.
Former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, who will be enshrined in Canton in August, said that it frustrates him that Woodson has been voted down by the selection committee.
Last year, anthem protests were a toxic subject that dominated the season, as players kneeling, sitting, and raising fists during the national anthem caused fan anger, sponsorship and advertiser fallout, and may have contributed to an overall decline in television ratings.
According to Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com, Cook was cleared to return to team drills on Monday as the Vikings move through their final week of OTAs. He had been limited to individual drills and rehab work up until this point.
Michael Thomas, a safety for the New York Giants who last year knelt during the anthem as a member of the Miami Dolphins, indicated in an NJ.com report that he would discuss what to do in the coming season with teammates, something new head coach Pat Shurmur also indicated would happen. It’s bigger than us,Thomas said. A lot of people try to make it about something else than what it is. For me and my brothers, we know in our hearts why we’re doing it.
The Panthers likely have the same idea, although exactly how that complementary relationship breaks down remains a question that the team has to answer. McCaffrey ran the ball 117 times as a rookie while Jonathan Stewart toted the rock 198 times and head coach Ron Rivera said on Monday that he thinks McCaffrey would be just fine if he wound up around Stewart’s total in 2018.
Everybody forgets when he was in college he ran between the tackles more than anybody and he touched the ball more than anybody, Rivera said, via ESPN.com. So I don’t see why not.