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NFL

Washington players back protest

– The “Hands up, don’t shoot” protest has made its way to the NFL.

The Washington secondary emerged from the stadium tunnel during pregame introductions Monday night with hands raised and palms forward.

It was a show of solidarity with the people in Ferguson, Missouri, who are protesting the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Practice squads expanded to 10

Teams can carry 10 players on their practice squads for the next two seasons.

The league and the players’ union agreed to increase the number of practice squad members from eight to 10.

Ex-punter, Vikings reach settlement

Minnesota and former punter Chris Kluwe said they reached a settlement averting a lawsuit over Kluwe’s claim that the team wrongfully released him last year because of his outspoken support for same-sex marriage rights.

Around the league

Former linebacker Tim Shaw, 30, announced that he has ALS. Shaw played for Carolina (2007), Jacksonville (2008), the Bears (2009) and Tennessee (2010-12). He announced his retirement earlier this year. … Minnesota receiver Jerome Simpson appealed a three-game suspension for a repeat violation of the substance abuse policy. … Denver running back Montee Ball (appendectomy) returned to practice. … Arizona safety Tyrann Mathieu came off the physically unable to perform list . … Detroit released cornerback Drayton Florence. … Pittsburgh and offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert agreed on a six-year contract. … Pittsburgh is planning to re-sign defensive end Brett Keisel. … San Francisco signed defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey to a two-year contract extension.

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