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NFL’s Inspire Change Special to be hosted by Queen Latifah, Wednesday, September 9 at 9 P.M. ET on NBC


Special to discuss the NFL’s history with social justice and plan to create positive change

NBC Sports’ Mike Tirico leads discussion with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith


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NEW YORK and Stamford, Conn. (Sept. 8, 2020) – Ahead of 2020 Kickoff, NFL Media and Queen Latifah present the Inspire Change Special, airing this Wednesday, September 9 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC,, and the NBC Sports app. Hosted by Queen Latifah, the one-hour program will highlight the efforts of NFL players, Legends and others in the NFL family to advance social justice and equality.

Through Inspire Change, the NFL has been hard at work over the last few years together with NFL clubs, players and Legends to create positive change in communities across the country. With a focus on the key pillars of Inspire Change – education, economic advancement, police and community relations, and criminal justice reform – the league has provided more than $70 million in social justice grants including national grants to 20 non-profits across the country while supporting local work of NFL clubs and players. The Inspire Change Special will examine how longstanding social injustices and systemic racism have changed how the NFL approaches social responsibility, community outreach, and civic engagement led by NFL players while lifting the voices of the players themselves.

The Inspire Change Special will include:

  • An original poem by Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett featuring voices of players such as New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley, Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey, and more.
  • NBC Sports’ Mike Tirico-led discussion with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith.
  • A discussion with NFL Network’s Steve Wyche and the Los Angeles Chargers
  • A snippet of the league’s new Say Their Stories series and an interview with New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara about this season’s efforts to honor victims of systemic racism and social justice heroes
  • An interview with Players Coalition task force members Arizona Cardinals offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum and New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty, hosted by Andrea Kremer
  • An essay written by Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald on the importance of exercising your right to vote in honor of the late Congressman John Lewis

NFL Network will re-air the Inspire Change Special on Friday, September 18 at 10 p.m. ET. The interview with Tirico, Goodell, and Smith will also be available on following Wednesday night’s broadcast on NBC.

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NFL and NFLPA gives update on COVID-19 Monitoring Testing Results


The National Football League and NFL Players Association today announced the COVID-19 monitoring testing results for August 30– September 5.

During this period, players and Tier 1 and 2 personnel were tested daily. Tier 3 individuals were tested weekly. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 follow the joint NFL-NFLPA Treatment Protocol. They are immediately isolated, not permitted access club facilities, or have direct contact with players or personnel. Club medical staff are in regular communication with individuals who test positive to monitor symptoms.

Monitoring Testing results for August 30 – September 5:

  • 44,510 tests were administered to a total of 8,349 players and team personnel.
  • 17,519 tests were administered to 2,641 players; 26,991 tests were administered to 5,708 personnel.
  • There was one new confirmed positive test among players and seven new confirmed positives among other personnel.






NFL Week 1 Preview: Browns visit Baltimore; Bengals hosts LA Chargers


The NFL returns this week and it’s time to get back to football. Kickoff Weekend signals the start of a 256-game journey, one that promises hope for each of the league’s 32 teams as they set their sights on Super Bowl LV, which will be played on Sunday, February 7, 2021 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. The 101st season of NFL play kicks off on Thursday night (NBC, 8:20 PM ET) as the Super Bowl champion KANSAS CITY CHIEFS host the HOUSTON TEXANS at Arrowhead Stadium in a rematch of the 2019 AFC Divisional Playoffs.

High scoring and close games are a hallmark of the NFL. In 2020, the league is building off one of the most prolific and competitive seasons in league history.​

Last year, teams combined to score 1,244 offensive touchdowns (rushing and passing touchdowns combined), the second-most in a single season in NFL history, and 1,332 total touchdowns, the third-highest total in a single season in league annals. Additionally, 68 percent of games (174 of 256) were within one score (eight points) in the fourth quarter last season, tied for the fifth-most such games in a single season in NFL history, while 52.3 percent of games (134 of 256) were decided by eight-or-fewer points, the fifth-most such games in a single season.

Last season, a wave of young stars burst onto the scene, especially at the quarterback position. The 2019 season saw 208 games feature at least one starting quarterback under the age of 27, the most in a single season in NFL history. In total, quarterbacks under the age of 27 started 287 games and recorded 144 wins in those starts last season, both the highest single-season totals since 1970.

Three quarterbacks under the age of 25 – Baltimore’s LAMAR JACKSON (2018 NFL Draft), Kansas City’s PATRICK MAHOMES (2017 NFL Draft) and Houston’s DESHAUN WATSON (2017 NFL Draft) – have led their respective teams to division titles in each of the past two seasons.

The 2020 season will be filled with memorable moments, as young players emerge, familiar faces continue their climb up the record books and teams vie to make their mark in the postseason. Every team enters the season with hope and a trip to Tampa Bay for Super Bowl LV in mind. Below are a few reasons why.​

  • THE FIELD IS OPEN: New in 2020, the NFL adopted a 14-team playoff format, with two additional Wild Card teams – one each in the American and National Football Conferences – qualifying for the postseason. Since 1990, when the NFL adopted the 12-team playoff format, at least four teams every season have qualified for the playoffs after failing to make the postseason the year before. Last season, five teams that missed the postseason in 2018 – Buffalo (10-6), Green Bay (13-3), Minnesota (10-6), San Francisco (13-3) and Tennessee (9-7) – qualified for the playoffs.

    Both Green Bay (NFC North) and San Francisco (NFC West) won their divisions last year after missing the postseason in 2018 and at least two teams have won their divisions the season after missing the playoffs in 16 of the past 17 years.

    In 15 of the past 17 seasons, at least one team finished in first place in its division the season after finishing in last or tied for last place. In fact, of the 48 teams in league history to go from “worst-to-first,” 25 of them have done so in the past 17 years (2003-19), including an NFL-record three such teams in 2005 and 2006. Two teams during that span, the 2009 New Orleans Saints and the 2017 Philadelphia Eagles, won the Super Bowl after finishing in last place in their divisions the season before.

  • WILL THE CHIEFS REPEAT AS SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS? Fresh off their first Super Bowl in 50 years, the Chiefs begin their quest to repeat as champions. Only eight teams have repeated as champions since the first Super Bowl in 1967, with the 2004 Patriots (Super Bowls XXXVIII and XXXIX) being the last team to accomplish the feat.
  • RECORDS WITHIN REACH: New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES (77,416 passing yards and 547 touchdown passes) enters the 2020 season as the league’s all-time leader in both categories, while Tampa Bay’s TOM BRADY (74,571 passing yards and 541 touchdown passes) ranks second … Brady (283 regular-season starts) can surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (298) for the most starts by a quarterback in NFL history … Indianapolis quarterback PHILIP RIVERS (59,271 passing yards and 397 touchdown passes) can surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (61,361 passing yards and 420 touchdown passes) for fifth in each all-time category … Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS (46,946 passing yards) can become the 11th player in league annals with 50,000 career passing yards … New York Jets running back FRANK GORE (15,347 rushing yards and 19,243 scrimmage yards) can become the third player in NFL history with 16,000 career rushing yards and fourth player with 20,000 career scrimmage yards … Detroit running back ADRIAN PETERSON (14,216 rushing yards) can surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer BARRY SANDERS (15,269 rushing yards) for fourth-most in league annals … Peterson (111 rushing touchdowns) can become the fourth player in NFL history with 120 career rushing touchdowns … Arizona wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD enters 2020 ranked second all-time in receptions (1,378) and receiving yards (17,083) … Fitzgerald (120 touchdown receptions) can surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON (128) for the fifth-most touchdown receptions in NFL history … Las Vegas tight end JASON WITTEN (1,215 receptions) can become the fourth player in league annals with 1,300 career receptions.
  • FAMILIAR FACES IN NEW PLACES: Five teams enter the 2020 season with a new head coach – JOE JUDGE with the New York Giants, MIKE MCCARTHY with Dallas, MATT RHULE with Carolina, RON RIVERA with Washington and KEVIN STEFANKSI with Cleveland.

    Five rookie head coaches have led their teams to the playoffs over the past three seasons: MATT LAFLEUR (Green Bay) in 2019, MATT NAGY (Chicago) and FRANK REICH (Indianapolis) in 2018, and SEAN MCVAY (L.A. Rams) and SEAN MCDERMOTT (Buffalo) in 2017.

    Several notable players were on the move during the offseason, including quarterbacks TOM BRADY (Tampa Bay) and PHILIP RIVERS (Indianapolis); running backs MELVIN GORDON (Denver) and TODD GURLEY (Atlanta); wide receivers STEFON DIGGS (Buffalo) and DEANDRE HOPKINS (Arizona); tight ends AUSTIN HOOPER (Cleveland) and JASON WITTEN (Las Vegas); offensive linemen BRIAN BULAGA (L.A. Chargers), JACK CONKLIN (Cleveland) and RUSSELL OKUNG (Carolina); defensive end CALAIS CAMPBELL (Baltimore); defensive tackles DEFOREST BUCKNER (Indianapolis) and JURRELL CASEY (Denver); linebackers CORY LITTLETON (Las Vegas) and KYLE VAN NOY (Miami); cornerbacks BYRON JONES (Miami) and DARIUS SLAY (Philadelphia); and safeties JAMAL ADAMS (Seattle) and MALCOLM JENKINS (New Orleans).

  • YOUNG STARS TAKE THE STAGE: Last season, four rookies – San Francisco’s NICK BOSA, Jacksonville’s JOSH ALLEN, Kansas City’s MECOLE HARDMAN and New Orleans’ DEONTE HARRIS – earned Pro Bowl honors in their first season. Who could accomplish the feat in 2020?

    Four quarterbacks – LSU’s JOE BURROW (No. 1 overall, Cincinnati), Alabama’s TUA TAGOVAILOA (No. 5, Miami), Oregon’s JUSTIN HERBERT (No. 6, L.A. Chargers) and Utah State’s JORDAN LOVE (No. 26, Green Bay) – were selected in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. At least one rookie quarterback has started in Week 1 in 12 consecutive seasons, the longest streak in the NFL since at least 1950.

(All times Eastern)

Thursday, September 10 Sunday, September 13 (cont’d)
Houston at Kansas City, 8:20 PM (NBC) Miami at New England, 1:00 PM
Philadelphia at Washington, 1:00 PM
Sunday, September 13 Los Angeles Chargers at Cincinnati, 4:05 PM
Seattle at Atlanta, 1:00 PM Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 4:25 PM
Cleveland at Baltimore, 1:00 PM Arizona at San Francisco, 4:25 PM
New York Jets at Buffalo, 1:00 PM Dallas at Los Angeles Rams, 8:20 PM (NBC)
Las Vegas at Carolina, 1:00 PM
Chicago at Detroit, 1:00 PM Monday, September 14
Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 1:00 PM Pittsburgh at New York Giants, 7:10 PM (ESPN)
Green Bay at Minnesota, 1:00 PM Tennessee at Denver, 10:20 PM (ESPN)






Madden NFL 21 2020 photo by EA Sports By Source WP NFCC#4, Fair use, https

NEW YORK, NY [September 8, 2020] – The NFL kicks off the league’s second century with “2020 NFL KICKOFF PRESENTED BY EA SPORTS MADDEN NFL 21″ at 7:00 PM ET on Thursday, September 10. Welcoming fans back to football for the 101st season, coverage begins with the NFL Kickoff Special at 7 PM ET on NBC. Super Bowl LIV Champions, the Kansas City Chiefs will host the Houston Texans at Arrowhead Stadium beginning at 8:20 PM ET.

The season opener will feature two of the best young quarterbacks in the game, Kansas City’s PATRICK MAHOMES, the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl LIV and Houston’s DESHAUN WATSON, who have both led their respective teams to division titles in each of the past two seasons. In the 2019 AFC Divisional Round, Kansas City defeated Houston, 51-31, after trailing 24-0, becoming the first team in NFL history to win a playoff game by at least 20 points after trailing in that game by at least 20 points. Last season, Kansas City overcame a 10-point fourth quarter deficit to win Super Bowl LIV.

The 2020 Kickoff will celebrate the return of football and will also recognize an unprecedented offseason and honor the historic social justice movement and community engagement of our players and clubs across the country. Through the Inspire Change platform, the NFL will continue its long-term commitment to working in communities to bring about positive change.

On Thursday, September 10, the NFL produced KICKOFF LIVESTREAM “IT TAKES ALL OF US” PRESENTED BY EA SPORTS MADDEN NFL 21 will celebrate the start of the season and consist of features of the Kansas City Chiefs community impact, Inspire Change and a 2020 season preview. The livestream will run across NFL social channels including – Facebook, Twitter, YouTube,, Twitch and TikTok beginning at 7:05 PM ET.

A special rendition of LIFT EVERY VOICE AND SING will be featured during NBC’s pregame coverage and will be celebrated throughout Kickoff Weekend. These features will serve to educate on the history of the song and highlight the work of NFL players in their communities. Lift Every Voice and Sing,” a song of inspiration and unity, was first written as a poem by James Weldon Johnson in 1900, and performed in Jacksonville, FL by a chorus of 500 children in honor of President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday.  The poem was set to music by Johnson’s brother, John Rosamond Johnson, and soon adopted by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) as its official song and a celebration of faith and hope to become known as the Black National Anthem.

To honor the kickoff of an extraordinary season, the league’s newest brand campaign, “IT TAKES ALL OF US” will leverage the scale and power of the NFL to unite our country. “It Takes All of Us” will debut with a :90-second film that will air before a special performance of the National Anthem. The season-long campaign will connect all league causes beginning with social justice and honoring those on the frontlines of COVID-19. For the duration of Week 1, all NFL fields will feature end zone stencils with the words “It Takes All of Us” and “End Racism.”

This season, NFL players, coaches, and officials have the opportunity to honor victims of systemic racism, victims of police brutality, and social justice heroes with helmet stickers and patches. Over 1400 players and 300 coaches and officials selected names or phrases, which included It Takes All of Us; End Racism; Stop Hate; and Black Lives Matter. Additionally, players have the option to wear a warmup tee with the unifying messages Injustice Against One of Us, Is Injustice Against All of Us (front of tee) and END RACISM (back of tee).

In addition to the live telecast of NFL Kickoff on NBC, the game will be streamed live across all devices via, the NBC Sports app,, and the NFL app.  Additionally, fans on mobile devices can stream the game via the Texans and Chiefs mobile properties, Yahoo Sports, and other Verizon Media and NFL properties. Audio coverage of the game will be provided by Westwood One Radio and SiriusXM.

AL MICHAELS will call the action alongside CRIS COLLINSWORTH. MICHELE TAFOYA will report from Arrowhead Stadium. Three-time Super Bowl referee TERRY MCAULAY is the Sunday Night Football rules analyst.

2020 NFL KICKOFF PRESENTED BY EA SPORTS MADDEN NFL 21 will be executive produced by Emmy Award winning, RICKY KIRSHNER.

In addition to presenting sponsor EA Sports Madden NFL 21, top-tier sponsors for NFL Kickoff include Bose, Bud Light, Microsoft, Pepsi, Pizza Hut, SNICKERS and Verizon.

Sponsors including Pepsi and Microsoft are getting involved in enhancing the at-home fan experience. Wednesday, September 9 at 10 PM ET, fans can tune in to “Kickoff Eve Presented by Pepsi” on NFL Network. Microsoft Teams is working to power Fan Mosaics that will integrate live fans into the broadcast of select games throughout Kickoff Weekend.



9/5/2002 Times Square, New York CBS, MTV, VH1 and ESPN Bon Jovi, Enrique Iglesias, Alicia Keys, Eve, Cast of Broadway musical Rent with Joey Fatone of NSYNC San Francisco at NY Giants (ESPN)
9/4/2003 The National Mall, Washington, DC ABC Aerosmith, Mary J. Blige, Aretha Franklin, Britney Spears, Good Charlotte NY Jets at Washington (ABC)
9/9/2004 Gillette Stadium, New England/ Metropolitan Park, Jacksonville ABC Boston Pops, Mary J. Blige, Destiny’s Child, Elton John, Toby Keith, Lenny Kravitz (NE); Jessica Simpson (Jax.) Indianapolis at New England (ABC)
9/8/2005 Gillette Stadium, New England/ Los Angeles Coliseum, LA/Detroit ABC Green Day, Santana, Michelle Branch, Ozzy Osbourne, Trisha Yearwood (NE); Kanye West, Maroon 5, Good Charlotte, Rihanna (LA); Rolling Stones (taped from Detroit) Oakland at New England (ABC)
9/7/2006 Heinz Field, Pittsburgh/Miami NBC Rascal Flatts, Martina McBride (Anthem) (Pitt.); Diddy, Cassie, Yung Joc, Tego Calderon (Miami) Miami at Pittsburgh (NBC)
9/6/2007 Monument Circle/RCA Dome, Indianapolis NBC, NFLN John Mellencamp, Faith Hill, Kelly Clarkson, Hinder, Keyshia Cole & Voices of Unity Youth Choir (Anthem) New Orleans at Indianapolis (NBC)
9/4/2008 Columbus Circle, New York City/Giants Stadium, New Jersey NFLN, NBC Natasha Bedingfield, Keith Urban, Usher Washington at New York Giants (NBC)
9/10/2009 Point State Park/Heinz Field, Pittsburgh NFLN, NBC Tim McGraw, The Black Eyed Peas, Harry Connick Jr. (Anthem) Tennessee at Pittsburgh (NBC)
9/9/2010 Jackson Square (Parade & Concert) /Superdome, New Orleans NFLN, NBC Dave Matthews Band, Taylor Swift, Harry Connick Jr., Colbie Caillat (Anthem) Minnesota at New Orleans (NBC)
9/8/2011 Lambeau Field,

Green Bay

NFLN, NBC Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, Maroon 5 New Orleans at Green Bay (NBC)
9/5/2012 Rockefeller Center, New York / MetLife Stadium, New Jersey NFLN, NBC Mariah Carey, No Doubt Dallas at New York Giants (NBC)
9/5/2013 Baltimore Inner Harbor/ Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver NFLN, NBC Keith Urban, Danielle Bradbery (Anthem) Baltimore at Denver


9/4/2014 CenturyLink Field, Seattle NFLN, NBC Pharrell Williams, Soundgarden, Ariana Grande (Anthem) Green Bay at Seattle (NBC)
9/10/2015 Gillette Stadium, New England NFLN, NBC Ellie Goulding, Train Pittsburgh at New England (NBC)
9/8/2016 Civic Center Park, Denver NFLN, NBC Dierks Bentley, OneRepublic, Andra Day (Anthem) Carolina at Denver (NBC)
9/7/2017 Christopher Columbus Park, Boston / Gillette Stadium, New England NFLN, NBC Guster, Flo Rida, Maren Morris (Anthem) Kansas City at New England (NBC)
9/6/2018 Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia / Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia NFLN, NBC Shawn Mendes Atlanta at Philadelphia (NBC)
9/5/2019 Grant Park, Chicago / Soldier Field, Chicago NFLN, NBC Meghan Trainor, Rhapsody, Meek Mill Green Bay at Chicago (NBC)
9/10/20 Kansas City / Arrowhead Stadium NFLN, NBC TO BE ANNOUNCED Houston at Kansas City (NBC)


NFL: Morgan Dreossi & Kelsey Boyd; NBC: Dan Masonson; COURTESY


National Football League Injury Report for Monday, September 7, 2020


Practice Report
  Monday WR Brandin Cooks (quadricep), CB Phillip Gaines (hamstring), RB Cullen Gillaspia (hamstring), LB Jonathan Greenard (ankle), CB Lonnie Johnson (hip)
Practice Report
  Monday TE Travis Kelce (knee), DT Derrick Nnadi (ankle)
  Monday DE Alex Okafor (calf), S Juan Thornhill (knee), RB Darrel Williams (hamstring), TE Deon Yelder (groin)




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