New Indianapolis Colts quarterback Philip Rivers admitted he was "aggravated" by criticism of his performances for the Los Angeles Chargers in 2019.

Rivers, 38, signed a one-year deal with the Colts in March after entering free agency when he left the Chargers, where he had started every game since 2005.

The eight-time Pro Bowler is now determined to prove he can still cut it the coming season, having revealed he was well aware of suggestions he was past his best last year.

Rivers, who threw for 23 touchdowns and 20 interceptions, acknowledged he made "some very costly mistakes" but insisted there was also "so much good" as the Chargers finished with a 5-11 record.

"At times what may have aggravated me a little bit last year was [critics saying] that I couldn't play anymore," the veteran told reporters.

"When you heard that, it bothered me, because I wanted to go, 'Shoot, let's go turn on the tape and watch all the good things.'

"There were some bad plays, certainly some throws I want back and certainly some very costly mistakes. I own up to all those.

"There was so much good and I had some throws last year that were probably as good as I've had my whole career.

"I knew, so I didn't feel like I had to sell that to anyone. But at the same time, it did aggravate you little bit.

"I think it's okay to be aware [of criticism]. I'm one of those guys that likes to be aware."

The Minnesota Twins have donated $25million to racial and social justice campaigns following George Floyd's death.

Floyd – an African-American man – died in police custody in Minneapolis last month, sparking protests against police brutality and racial injustice across the United States and beyond.

A police officer was filmed kneeling on Floyd's neck during an arrest after he was crying out for help as he was handcuffed and pinned to the ground.

Minnesota's MLB franchise – the Twins – have made a significant contribution, owners the Pohlad family announced on Wednesday.

"Black people have experienced oppression and racism for far too long in this country," said Bill Pohlad, president of the Pohlad Family Foundation.

"We condemn racism in all its forms, and we are firmly committed to helping to enact meaningful change. We know this will take time and effort, and we are committed to this work beyond this seminal moment in our country's history."

Minnesota's NFL team – the Vikings – also donated $5m to social justice causes midweek, with contributions from this fund to be determined in part through collaborations with players.

Vikings owner and president Mark Wilf said: "We continue to be inspired by these players as they advocate for transformational change in this very challenging moment.

"We are proud of their efforts to use their platform in an effort to end deep-seated social injustices. Their thoughtful approach and our conversations with them have deeply moved us, certainly in large part because of our family's history and long-standing commitment to human rights, but also because of their steadfast dedication to not sit idly by when they have the ability to make a difference."

Funds will be directed toward organisations that fight hate, racism and inequality.

"Our organisation and the players have shown a commitment to these causes over the last several years, but we know we need to and can do more," Vikings owner and chairman Zygi Wilf said.

"We want this investment to support the many diverse and meaningful social justice efforts throughout our country, but it can only be one piece of our overall work toward having a sustainable impact. Our actions within our communities will be the driving force for creating profound change."

Kansas City Chiefs and NFL star Patrick Mahomes said he wants to "help the world" following George Floyd's death.

Floyd – an African-American man – died in police custody in Minneapolis last month, sparking protests against police brutality and racial injustice across the United States and beyond.

A police officer was filmed kneeling on Floyd's neck during an arrest after he was crying out for help as he was handcuffed and pinned to the ground.

Super Bowl champion and MVP Mahomes, 24, is determined to drive change amid the anti-racism protests.

"I can't watch the entire George Floyd video through and through," Mahomes said. "I've watched it in parts but it hurts me too much to my soul to see him and feel like I can't help.

"I wanted to sit back and listen. I didn't want to act off anger. I didn't want to act off hurt. I wanted to listen and make the best informed decision that I think I could to help the world, help the community with my platform."

There has been plenty of talk about NFL players kneeling during the national anthem when the season gets underway.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the first player to kneel during the anthem in protest against racial injustice in 2016, before he was released the following year.

New Orleans Saints star Drew Brees said players who knelt during the anthem were "disrespecting the flag", comments which sparked fierce backlash and led to an apology.

Mahomes said: "It's not about who kneels and who doesn't kneel. It's about having the right to peacefully protest and to recognise that social injustices are happening and racial inequity does happen every single day.

"I just want the community to be somewhere where everybody including black people can feel like they can go into the community and be safe. Whatever way that is, whatever actions we can take to do that, it's all about doing that as quickly as possible."

The New York Jets did not get to see much of C.J. Mosley last season after signing him to a five-year, $85million deal, but the star linebacker has been given a good report from doctors and expects to have no limitations during training camp

Mosley signed with the Jets in March 2019 after five seasons with the Baltimore Ravens but was limited two just two games because of a groin/core muscle injury.  

He had five tackles, recovered a fumble and returned an interception for a touchdown in the season opener against the Buffalo Bills before injuring his groin late in the third quarter.

Mosley returned against the New England Patriots on October 21 in his final appearance of the season and underwent surgery in December.

"I'm cleared to do everything," Mosley said on Wednesday during a video conference call.

"I've been working with my trainers every week, as far as workouts and rehab. Once we get back in the building, whenever that is, we'll go from there."

He said he is now able to plant his feet and cut without pain or limitations, as he could before the injury.

"That won't stop me during the season from getting back on the field," Mosley said.

"Once I got that out of the way, now I'm pretty confident I'll be good to go."

Mosley has remained at his home in New Jersey, where he has done much of his rehabilitation and workouts for the last few months during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Carolina Panthers have moved the statue of team founder Jerry Richardson from outside their stadium amid concerns some people may try to take it down. 

Richardson was fined $2.75million by the NFL in 2018 after an investigation into allegations of sexual and racial misconduct in the workplace.

Statues of individuals who have been found guilty of racism have been torn down in the United States in the wake of George Floyd's death.

There had been speculation that the monument was being targeted by protesters. 

"We were aware of the most recent conversation surrounding the Jerry Richardson statue and are concerned there may be attempts to take it down," the Panthers said in a statement on Wednesday. "We are moving the statue in the interest of public safety."

Richardson founded the team in 1993 and owned the Panthers until 2018, when he sold the franchise to David Tepper following the NFL investigation.

Tepper he was "contractually obligated" to keep the 13-foot statue of Richardson outside of Bank of America Stadium as part of his deal to buy the Panthers.

The NFL will not be on the right side of history until it apologises to Colin Kaepernick directly or assigns him a team, according to New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins.

In a video released on Friday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell conceded the league did not listen early enough when players protested against racial injustice and police brutality.

Goodell said: "We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest.

"We, the National Football League, believe black lives matter."

His words followed widespread protests across the United States - further demonstrations have since taken place throughout the world - after the death of African American George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota last month.

The commissioner's statement also came after a video featuring several star players, including Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes, called on the league to "admit wrong in silencing our players from peacefully protesting."

Goodell did not specifically mention Kaepernick, who has been out of the league since the end of a 2016 season that saw him become the first to protest by kneeling during the national anthem.

Jenkins, the co-founder of the Players Coalition to end social injustice and racial inequality, told CBS': "I still don't think [the NFL has] gotten it right.

"Until they apologise, specifically, to Colin Kaepernick, or assign him to a team, I don't think that they will end up on the right side of history.

"At the end of the day, they've listened to their players, they've donated money, they've created an Inspire Change platform. They've tried to do things up to this point.

"But it's been one player in particular that they have ignored and not acknowledged, and that's Colin Kaepernick."

Carlos Hyde believes the NFL can prove it is making progress by bringing back quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Amid anti-racism protests in the United States and around the world after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month, the NFL apologised for not listening to its players earlier.

Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem, starting in 2016, in protest against racial injustice and police brutality, but that was the last season the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback played in the NFL.

Hyde, a former team-mate of Kaepernick's at the 49ers, said the quarterback should be signed by another team.

"The NFL could start by signing 'Kaep' back," the Seattle Seahawks running back said on Monday.

"If they sign 'Kaep' back, that'll show that they're really trying to move in a different direction. 'Kaep' was making the statement four years ago about what's going on in today's world, and the NFL didn't bother to listen to him then.

"I think they should start by doing that."

Hyde, who signed with the Seahawks last month, said he agreed with Kaepernick's move in 2016.

"I remember 'Kaep' making his peaceful protest, and I was all for it. I understand the message he was putting out," he said.

"I understood, because I came from Cincinnati, Ohio – Lincoln Heights in Cincinnati, it's not the best area. I would see police brutality, pretty much everybody in the neighbourhood struggling, violence, drugs, all that. There's not opportunity there.

"I was fortunate enough to have my grandmother live in Naples, Florida, so I was able to get away from all of that and pretty much start my life over.

"But not everybody is fortunate enough to have grandparents who live other places. So with that, I was all for what 'Kaep' was saying, I'm still for it."

The NFL must now directly address Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid and Kenny Stills having admitted it was wrong on anthem protests, Houston Texans safety Michael Thomas has said.

Thomas, then with the Miami Dolphins, was among those who took a knee in 2016 at NFL games for the United States' anthem, a movement that was started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Kaepernick to protest police brutality and racial injustice.

Those issues have been brought to the fore following the death of George Floyd and last week several high-profile NFL players were involved in a video that asked the league to condemn racism and admit it was wrong for "silencing our players from peacefully protesting".

Commissioner Roger Goodell responded by conceding the league was "wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier", which was seen as a significant step given how Kaepernick, who has been out of the league since the 2016 season, was treated at the time and in the following seasons.

However, Thomas says the NFL can do more and he wants the league to recognise Kaepernick, Reid and Stills directly.

In a text message to Peter King for his Football Morning in America column, Thomas said: "It is definitely a step in the right direction.

"However, I personally believe that people are going to call for the league to address what happened to the players who originally protested police brutality and systemic racism and oppression.

"They will ask that the league not only admit they were wrong for suppressing the voices of the players protesting, but also say their names, just like it's important to say the names of the countless black people who have been murdered due to police brutality so they don't die in vain.

"It's important that the league says the names Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid, Kenny Stills. It will allow the players to fully believe them and we could then all move forward together."

Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn joined fellow members of the NFL franchise in a peaceful protest on Sunday after George Floyd's death.

There have been nationwide protests in the United States after Floyd – an African-American man – died in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25.

A police officer was filmed kneeling on Floyd's neck during an arrest after he was crying out for help as he was handcuffed and pinned to the ground.

Quinn took part in the march to the governor's mansion in Atlanta amid efforts to eradicate racial injustice, and he was joined by Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff.

Assistant coaches Bernie Parmalee and Doug Mallory were also involved, as well as players like Ricardo Allen, LaRoy Reynolds, Tyeler Davison and Mykal Walker.

"What I've learned about leadership is that it is about other people, and we have to hold ourselves accountable to help those around us," Quinn said via ESPN. "That's what I wanted to do today."

Dimitroff added: "I've always believed we are all created equal and should be treated as such but have passively held back my voice. I've decided it's time for me to step up and take action.''

Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson will "without a doubt" take a knee during the United States national anthem to protest racial injustice following George Floyd's death.

There have been nationwide protests in the United States after Floyd – an African-American man – died in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25.

A police officer was filmed kneeling on Floyd's neck during an arrest after he was crying out for help as he was handcuffed and pinned to the ground.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the first player to kneel during the anthem in protest against racial injustice in 2016, before he was released the following year.

New Orleans Saints star Drew Brees said players who knelt during the anthem were "disrespecting the flag", comments which sparked fierce backlash and led to an apology.

Peterson – a former team-mate of Brees in New Orleans – weighed in and the 35-year-old told the Houston Chronicle: "Just four years ago, you're seeing [Colin] Kaepernick taking a knee, and now we're all getting ready to take a knee together going into this season, without a doubt."

"Yeah, without a doubt, without a doubt," 2012 NFL MVP Peterson replied when asked if he personally planned to take a knee.

"We've got to put the effort in as a group collectively. Are they going to try to punish us all? If not, playing football is going to help us save lives and change things, then that's what it needs to be."

Redskins veteran and seven-time Pro Bowler Peterson, who moved to Washington from the Arizona Cardinals in 2018, ran for 898 yards and five touchdowns last season.

The New England Patriots paid tribute to their former wide receiver Reche Caldwell following reports he was killed on Saturday in Tampa, Florida.

Caldwell, 41, was shot in his leg and chest outside his home, according to TMZ.

Caldwell's mother, Deborah Caldwell, told the Tampa Bay Times: "You get killed right here in your hometown? You made a statement here, and y'all just took it away from us?

"All of us are imperfect people, but he's perfect to me. He was my hero."

Caldwell was the leading receiver on the 2006 Patriots, who lost to the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game.

The Patriots said in a Twitter message: "We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of former Patriot Reche Caldwell. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends."

Caldwell played for the University of Florida before the San Diego Chargers selected him in the second round of the 2002 draft.

The Gators said: "We are deeply saddened by the loss of former Gator WR Reche Caldwell."

He had 152 catches for 1,851 yards and 11 touchdowns in an NFL career that also included a stint with the Washington Redskins.

The Chargers also expressed sorrow at hearing the news, saying: "Our thoughts and prayers go out to Reche’s family, friends and teammates during this difficult time."

Caldwell’s brother, Andre Caldwell, also played at the University of Florida and spent eight seasons in the NFL.

Denver Broncos players and coaches helped lead a protest on Saturday following the death of George Floyd.

There have been nationwide protests in the United States after Floyd – an African-American man – died in police custody in Minneapolis last week.

Broncos star Von Miller was involved in the march through downtown Denver during a 'Black Lives Matter' protest – the Super Bowl champion and MVP joined by the likes of team-mates Kareem Jackson and Drew Lock.

"The time is always right to do what's right," Miller said. "Once we have awareness, we gotta come up out of oblivion. ... We've got to use our moral compass to make decisions on what's right. Black, white -- it doesn't matter.

"... I'm proud of these guys. I'm proud of Denver. I'm proud of the state of Colorado. We've got to keep this going."

Broncos head coach Vic Fangio, as well as president and chief executive Joe Ellis and vice-president of strategic initiatives Brittany Bowlen were also in attendance.

Fangio issued an apology following backlash during the week after saying he did not believe racism and discrimination were prevalent in the NFL. 

Broncos linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu addressed the crowd on Saturday and said: "We're out here as players ... to be an agent of change with policy and really taking part in the way this country works.

"And that's the only way we're going to fix things -- is if we use our voices to speak out on policies and things that are not allowing our people to be successful to have a chance in life. We can't keep putting a Band-Aid on an old wound."

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