Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers, and teammates  Eli Harold and Eric Reid, take a knee during the US national anthem in 2016. Photograph: Getty Images

Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback who for nearly three years has struggled to resume his NFL career after kneeling during the national anthem to prot(...)

 Andrew Luck: the Indianapolis Colts player was booed  at Lucas Oili Stadium after the preseason game against the Chicago Bears when  it was announced that he would be retiring for health reasons. Photograph:  Justin Casterline/Getty Images

When you look at athletes, normally you’re doing so with envy and annoyance. I mean, what sort of God creates and moulds such a perfect human, physic(...)

 Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson runs with the ball on a broken play during the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Photograph: Peter Joneleit/EPA

Week 16’s biggest takeaway Lamar Jackson-led second-half surge has Ravens poised for a playoff run Some of the most difficult shoes to fill in the N(...)

 Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers in action against the Kansas City Chiefs. Photograph: EPA

Week 15’s biggest takeaway: After 14 seasons, 37-year-old Philip Rivers has his best chance at a Super Bowl - and perhaps the Hall of Fame. San Diego(...)

Kareem Hunt has been placed on the placed on the Commissioner’s Exemptions List. Photograph: David Eulitt/Getty

Week 13’s main takeaway: The Chiefs will be worse, but still prolific without Kareem Hunt News that Pro-Bowl running back Kareem Hunt would be releas(...)

Aaron Rodgers saw his Green Bay Packers side lose a crunch clash with Seattle. Photograph: Abbie Parr/Getty

Week 11 takeaway: No relaxing in Green Bay after must-win loss to Seattle In 2014, the Packers got off to a 1-2 start, with a 20-point loss to the Se(...)

 New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees celebrates victory over   Carolina Panthers in the NFL American football NFC wild card playoff game  at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photograph: Dan Anderson/EPA

Over the last 42 years the regular season’s top teams have gone to the playoffs with an expectation of winning their first postseason game. They of(...)

 Cincinnati Bengals  tightend Tyler Kroft  catches a touchdown in the first quarter against Kamalei Correa  of the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Photograph: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

The Buffalo Bills are heading to the AFC playoffs for the first time since 1999 after Baltimore dramatically blew the chance to seal their post-season(...)

LJ Fort and Artie Burns of the Pittsburgh Steelers tackle AJ Green of the Cincinnati Bengals. Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The body count included a pair of young men carted off on stretchers and still more knocked out with serious injuries. Some were a result of routine p(...)

New York Giants’ Rashad Jennings (23) is tackled by Dallas Cowboys’  Brandon Carr (39) and  Anthony Hitchens (59) in the recent clash at MetLife Stadium. Photograph:  Brad Penner-USA TODAY

Dallas rookies Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott were their old selves in helping lead the Cowboys to a grinding 26-20 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneer(...)

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