The Buffalo Bills stood on the sidelines instead of retreating to their locker room for the national anthem for their season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers
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The Buffalo Bills stood on the sidelines instead of retreating to their locker room for the national anthem for their season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
It’s a switch from last season and their pre-season game against the Green Bay Packers last month, when the entire Bills team waited in the locker room until after the national anthem.
Bill recipient Cole Beasley was greeted with a mix of cheers and boons as he was introduced between debuts. Beasley has been the team’s most vocal critic of the COVID-19 vaccination, and even released a song in July that didn’t want to be vaccinated.
Tennessee Titans honored Staff Sgt. Ryan Knoss as his 12th Titan before kickoff.
Knauss was a native of Corriton, Tennessee and was one of 13 Americans killed in the recent attack on Kabul airport in Afghanistan. Knauss served in the US Army’s 9th Battalion, 8th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne).
– Teresa M. Walker reporting from Nashville, Tennessee
The first full Sunday of the NFL season is set to begin with seven new head coaches debuting on their respective teams. There will be an all-rookie coaching matchup in two games.
The Eagles and new coach Nick Siriani hit the road to face the Atlanta Falcons, who hired Arthur Smith during the off-season.
The other three head coaches who made their debuts in the opening games include Chargers Brandon Staley, Lions’ Dan Campbell and Jets’ Robert Saleh.
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