The Oklahoman

NFL helmets to include social justice messages


NFL players can wear social justice messages on their helmets again this season and “It Takes All of Us” and “End Racism” will be stenciled in end zones for the second straight year as part of the league’s Inspire Change platform.

The league will also bring back the “Say Their Stories” initiative and for the first time, each team will highlight its social justice work during a regularsea­son home game in Weeks 17 and 18.

“We are committed to Inspire Change and the social justice work that inspires change for the long-term,” Anna Isaacson, NFL senior vice president of social responsibi­lity, told The Associated Press.

The six messages players can choose from as part of the helmet decal program are: “End Racism,” “Stop Hate,” “It Takes All of Us,” “Black Lives Matter,” “Inspire Change” and “Say Their Stories.”

BILLS: The Buffalo Bills won’t renew their lease with the state and county without a partially publicly funded agreement in place for a proposed new $1.4 billion stadium, leaving the team’s future uncertain beyond July 2023.

In saying the topic of relocation has not been raised during discussion­s with government officials, Pegula Sports and Entertainm­ent senior vice president Ron Raccuia didn’t entirely rule out that possibilit­y by using the word “yet” when asked if the Bills might begin looking elsewhere once the lease expires in about 23 months.

COWBOYS: ESPN reported that former OU standout reciever CeeDee

Lamb is one of three players being taken off the COVID-19 list. The other two are safety Damontae Kazee and defensive tackle Carlos Watkins.

Also, Dallas coach Mike McCarthy shot down the notion during Thursday’s meeting with the media that the team would sign quarterbac­k Cam Newton. The Cowboys have veteran Cooper Rush as Dak Prescott’s backup.

“To sit here and talk about any of the players not on our roster, I don’t think there’s really anything that’s beneficial that comes out of that for us,” McCarthy said Thursday morning of Newton, a free agent after the New England Patriots released him Tuesday. “But Cam, I’ve had a chance to compete against Cam, chance to watch some of his tape in New England.

“I still think he has a ton of football left. But we’re very excited about the group that we have.”

ETC: Former NFL player Keith McCants was found dead Thursday at his home in Florida after a suspected drug overdose, investigat­ors said. He was 53.

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