NATIONAL ANTHEM PROTESTS
RENTON, Wash. (AP) Seattle Seahawks defensive back Jeremy Lane said he will continue to sit for the national anthem when the regular season begins Sunday at home against Miami.
After sitting during the anthem in the Seahawks' final preseason game last Thursday, Lane said San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick thanked him for his support and his matching gesture.
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While Kaepernick and 49ers teammate Eric Reid amended their protest to taking a knee instead of remaining seated for the anthem, Lane said he intends to keep sitting.
Lane said he hasn't noticed much in terms of negative response for the decision and that he feels he has support of the team and his teammates in expressing his stance. He spoke with Seattle coach Pete Carroll after his initial gesture in Oakland and Carroll's advice was ''just be smart.''
Lane said he hasn't received indication if any teammates will join in his action.
UNDATED (AP) - Colin Kaepernick's decision not to stand for the national anthem apparently has made his San Francisco 49ers jersey very popular, no matter why people are buying.
The league's 33rd best seller on draft day in April, Kaepernick's jersey has been the seventh best seller in the NFL over the past week and third among quarterbacks behind only behind Cam Newton and Tom Brady, according to DICK's Sporting Goods Jersey Report.
The 49ers backup quarterback, who wouldn't stand for the anthem during the team's preseason games, has cited racial injustice and police brutality among the many reasons for his protest and said he plans to continue into the regular season.
San Francisco opens the season Sept. 12 hosting the Los Angeles Rams.
DALLAS (AP) - Former Cleveland quarterback Johnny Manziel has re-enrolled at Texas A&M after his NFL career was derailed by a series of off-field incidents that included a domestic violence charge still pending in court.
A school spokesman confirmed Manziel's enrollment, saying he couldn't provide other details because of student privacy laws.
Manziel played two seasons for the Aggies and was the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy in 2012. He turned pro after his redshirt sophomore season but had two disappointing seasons after the Browns drafted him in the first round in 2014. Cleveland released him in March.
A hearing in the 23-year-old Manziel's domestic violence case in Dallas is set for Sept. 15.
HOUSTON (AP) - J.J. Watt will play in Houston's season opener against the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
Watt returned to practice for the first time since back surgery in July and coach Bill O'Brien said after practice that he would play.
Watt missed all of training camp and the Texans' four preseason games after surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back.
The Texans activated him from the physically unable to perform list on Saturday and the team announced that he passed his physical on Sunday.
Watt, the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in three of the past four seasons, hasn't missed a game in his five-year career. The defensive end also sat out the entire preseason in 2012 because of an elbow injury and returned for the season opener.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Los Angeles Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker underwent surgery to stop bleeding on his brain after he was struck in the head by a line drive against the Seattle Mariners.
Shoemaker had the procedure performed late Sunday and is being treated by Dr. Manuel Ferreira of the University of Washington Medical Center. Los Angeles athletic trainer Adam Nevala is staying with Shoemaker until he is able to travel to Southern California, perhaps as soon as in a few days.
General manager Billy Eppler provided the update Monday in Oakland, saying Shoemaker had been receiving CT scans every 2-3 hours when the third image showed increased bleeding, shortly before 9 p.m. That's when surgery was determined the next step.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Former Southern California head coach Steve Sarkisian is joining No. 1 Alabama's staff as an analyst.
Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban confirmed the hiring of yet another fired USC coach, joining offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin.
Sarkisian arrived in Tuscaloosa after Alabama's season-opening, 52-6 win over the 20th-ranked Trojans.
USC fired Sarkisian last October after athletic director Pat Haden said he showed up in school in no condition to lead practice following an embarrassing public display earlier at a pep rally where he appeared to be intoxicated while giving a speech. He later sought treatment for alcoholism and has sued USC alleging the school breached his contract and discriminated against him on the basis of a disability.