McAdoo hopes Giants can make statement on police shootings
EAST RUTHERfORD, N.J. >> Coach Ben McAdoo has talked with Giants players about making a statement on social injustice in the wake of police shootings in Oklahoma and North Carolina, but something other than kneeling or sitting for the national anthem.
The rookie coach neither identified the players he spoke with Wednesday nor did he say what type of action was being considered.
No Giants players have sat or knelt during the playing of the national anthem either in the preseason or at the opening two games of the NFL regular season. There was also no indication any of them would protest Sunday when the Giants will be home to play the Washington Redskins.
“They’re conflicted and they want to make a difference,” McAdoo said of his meeting with the players. “The league is a platform to make a difference. I encourage them to. I would like to be involved in that. Anything I can do to help.
“Still, I feel that you can make a difference outside of the anthem. We can do something together to make a difference. It doesn’t have to involve the national anthem. I still believe that you pay tribute to the people that sacrifice their lives so that we can coach and play in this great game.” ASHBURN, VA. >> Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson has knee and ankle injuries that could keep him out of Sunday’s game against the New York Giants.
Jackson watched practice in street clothes on Wednesday. In Washington’s Week 2 loss to Dallas, he finished the game despite feeling soreness starting in the third quarter, coach Jay Gruden said.