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|Eli Harold spent the past two seasons kneeling aside San Francisco 49ers teammates such as Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid as a form of protest of racial injustice during the national anthem.
Harold has changed his stance this year and has stood during the playing of the "The Star-Spangled Banner" during the first two exhibition games for the 49ers.
Harold said Tuesday he didn't want to get into details on why he no longer is kneeling during the anthem.
"I understand everyone wants to ask the questions Authentic Evgeny Kuznetsov Jersey (www.washingtoncapitalsteamshop.com/authentic-evgeny-kuznetsov-jersey) ," he said. "I just don't want to get into it right now. I'm trying to focus on ball. Me and my wife had a discussion and we feel it's best right now that I just don't answer those questions and try to stick with ball."
The league and the players' union have yet to announce a policy for this season regarding demonstrations during the anthem after the league initially ordered everyone to stand on the sideline when "The Star-Spangled Banner" is played, or remain in the locker room.
Only a handful of NFL players have protested during the anthem this preseason with a few kneeling, staying in the locker room or raising a fist. Niners receiver Marquise Goodwin is the only player to protest on his team so far, raising a fist during the anthem.
While a new policy is being worked out, both Kaepernick and Reid remain unsigned. Kaepernick hasn't played since the end of the 2016 season and has filed a grievance over the refusal of any team to sign him to a contract.
Reid has not been signed so far this offseason despite coming off a solid season in showing the versatility to play both safety and linebacker.
"He's a heck of a ballplayer, obviously top five at his position," Harold said. "It sucks but it's the nature of the business. I'm praying for him. Hopefully everything works out, but it just sucks. He's a heck of a player. It hurts me to see what he's going through."
The 49ers determined early in the offseason that they wanted Jaquiski Tartt and Adrian Colbert as their starters and only offered Reid a one-year minimum contract to come in and compete for a backup spot.
Reid declined the deal and has gotten no significant offers from other teams. Coach Kyle Shanahan said the Niners still would be willing to bring Reid back as a reserve.
"If any really good player wants to come in here on a minimum deal and have a good player to be a backup, that'd be unbelievable," Shanahan said. "I don't think that's what Eric wants. I told you the reason we decided to go that direction is because we made a tough decision, but we had to do it. We went with Tartt. We thought that was the right way to go.
"You can't give a lot of money to backups Youth Courtland Sutton Jersey (www.thebroncosfootballauthentic.com/courtland-sutton-jersey-authentic) , and that's what he would be if he came here. But, I like Eric. Eric is a good player, he's a good person. That'd be great if we could add him to that role. I don't think he would be that interested in it."
NOTES: CB Richard Sherman returned to practice after being sidelined by a hamstring injury and is on track to play his first exhibition game Saturday against Indianapolis. ... DL Solomon Thomas and OL Garry Gilliam have not yet been cleared for contact following concussions in the exhibition opener. ... Backup QB C.J. Beathard did not practice and is day to day with a sprained foot.
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Despite rookie Baker Mayfield's stellar performance in his NFL preseason debut, the Cleveland Browns are not moving the No. 1 overall pick into the starting lineup ahead of Tyrod Taylor.
"National hype," quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese said, downplaying the outside push to elevate Mayfield after one game. "We have our plan, we're sticking to it and when it changes we'll all know."
Mayfield won over some doubters on Thursday night in a 20-10 win over the New York Giants. The Heisman Trophy winner from Oklahoma threw two touchdown passes to tight end David Njoku and showed pocket poise and awareness while completing 11 of 20 passes for 212 yards.
The reviews on Mayfield were exceptional, leading to cries that he should jump Taylor, who went 5 for 5 for 99 yards and posted a perfect 158.3 rating during his two series.
Following Sunday's practice, Browns coach Hue Jackson began shaking his head the moment a reporter began framing a question about the QB situation.
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Zampese was pleased with everything he saw from Mayfield, but he cautioned against making too much of his first taste of pro football.
"He's had 22 preseason NFL snaps," Zampese said. "He has a long way to go and we're encouraged with where he's at right now."
The feeling is the same about Taylor, who was acquired from Buffalo during the offseason. The 29-year-old has been everything the Browns could have hoped as a leader and mentor to Mayfield.
"He's our guy, and that's what he is," Zampese said, "and to keep bringing it up is the only reason why anybody put a cloud in anybody's head. So let's get on with him being the guy and let's get on to playing and winning and doing what we're supposed to do and what we're here for."
Zampese, who previously worked as Cincinnati's quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator, gushed when describing what Taylor has brought to the Browns 鈥?and what he means to Mayfield.
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During his interview session, Zampese bristled at the idea that Taylor was just holding the spot until Mayfield is ready.
"I'm not going to talk about keeping the seat warm," Zampese snapped. "I think he's going to be very successful for us this year, which is the only year that matters. And I like where he's at, I like where he's going, I love his leadership, the way he's aggressively going about being the leader of this team, completing balls and moving us down the field."
Zampese said it took him "about a minute" to like Taylor when they met. He said the quarterback's preparedness and attention to detail have been extraordinary. As far as Zampese is concerned Womens Christian McCaffrey Jersey (www.panthersfootballauthentic.com/christian-mccaffrey-jersey-authentic) , the seven-year veteran is just scratching the surface of his potential.
"It's the tip of the iceberg for Tyrod," Zampese said. "He's an untapped player in the league. He's done some really nice things so far in the league and I think it's only going to get better."
NOTES: Jackson said he punished rookie WR Antonio Callaway by making him play as much as possible Thursday. Callaway was cited last week for marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license. He played 54 snaps. "Either you sit him or make him play," Jackson said. "I thought it was better to make him play, make him play as long as he could. There were a couple times he kept waving to come out. We said, 'No, stay in there.'" Callaway is dealing with a rib issue and didn't finish Sunday's practice. ... Jackson said he and his assistants are aligned on when to rest injury-prone players. On the first episode of "Hard Knocks," Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley seemed to be at odds over keeping players out.
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