The Cardinals could be down to Blaine Gabbert at QB with starter Carson Palmer sidelined with a broken arm and his replacement, Drew Stanton, dealing with a knee injury. An already difficult season becomes even more so.
Yes, the Jets are far better than anyone expected them to be this season. But losing to Fitzpatrick was an indignity even for a team once accused of being in tank-the-season mode.
“Two and five didn’t sound good,” Carr said on the set of the league-owned NFL Network. “That didn’t sit well with us.”
The game also might have been a first step toward the NFL saving its season. Those in the NFL keep talking about getting the public’s attention back to what happens following the opening kickoff instead of what transpires before it.
“What we’re trying to do is stay out of politics,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said at the conclusion of this week’s two-day owners’ meeting in New York. “We’re not looking to get into politics. What we’re looking to do is continue to keep people focused on football.”
But the league already has managed to have a preliminary injunction granted by a federal judge in Texas lifted by an appeals court in New Orleans. And now the case has shifted to New York, where the case involving Brady’s Deflategate suspension played out. That precedent applies, and it stands to reason that the NFL is confident that it ultimately will prevail in this case.
Jones’s anthem policy … If Jones sticks to his policy that he would sit any Cowboys player who protests during the anthem, the NFL would have a situation in which one of its teams has a different anthem policy than that of the league and, presumably, every other team.
Could a player benched by the Cowboys file a grievance and have a chance of success? It’s an interesting question.