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Did Brian Flores troll Dolphins WR Kenny Stills with music selection during practice?

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Did Brian Flores troll Dolphins WR Kenny Stills with music selection during practice?

Either Brian Flores' music selection at Tuesday's practice was a wild coincidence, or the Dolphins head coach pulled an ultimate troll move.

Flores, formerly the Patriots' linebackers coach, played eight straight Jay-Z songs to begin practice in what seemed to be a response to Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills' recent criticism of the rapper. Stills has been outspoken about Jay-Z's partnership with the NFL along with his comment that he's "moved past kneeling" as a protest of racial inequality and police brutality.

That certainly doesn't appear to be an accident. If it indeed was intentional, you have to wonder about what Flores' intentions were with the playlist. Motivation? A harmless joke?

Whatever it was, Stills apparently knew about the selection of Jay-Z tracks in advance. 

Even if it was meant as a joke, many players around the league probably aren't laughing. Kneeling or not, the message sent by Stills and others who protest racial injustices remains incredibly important.

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NFL rumors: Broncos' expected asking price for Emmanuel Sanders revealed

NFL rumors: Broncos' expected asking price for Emmanuel Sanders revealed

The NFL trade deadline is set for Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. ET, and the Denver Broncos have one of the top wide receivers who could be dealt.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday, citing sources, that the Broncos "are likely to be open to listening to offers for wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders."

What is Denver's expected asking price for Sanders? A third-round pick or better, per Schefter:

Denver traded fellow veteran receiver Demaryius Thomas to the Texans last year for a 2019 fourth-round pick, and sources tell ESPN that the Broncos are expected to be seeking a higher form of compensation for Sanders, who is in the last year of his contract.

Schefter also listed several teams "expected to be in the wide receiver market," and the New England Patriots were among those clubs.

The Patriots definitely would benefit from adding a wide receiver before the trade deadline.

Veteran wideout Josh Gordon will miss Monday night's Week 7 game against the New York Jets because of a knee injury. Phillip Dorsett missed New England's Week 6 win with a hamstring injury, and he's questionable to play versus the Jets. Reigining Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman also has been banged up a bit this season, although he has not missed a game.

Making matters worse for New England is its lack of offensive production at tight end. And now, injuries also are a concern at the position. The Patriots already have ruled out tight ends Matt LaCosse (knee) and Ryan Izzo (concussion) for Monday's matchup in New York, leaving 38-year-old Benjamin Watson atop the tight end depth chart.

Sanders and Cincinnati Bengals star A.J. Green are two of the most popular wide receivers involved in trade rumors entering the deadline. Green has battled an ankle injury all season and has yet to play in 2019. Sanders, meanwhile, has played in all seven of Denver's games with 30 receptions for 367 yards and two touchdowns. He can play outside or in the slot, and we know Patriots head coach Bill Belichick values versatility quite a bit.

The Patriots must decide if adding a player of Sanders' caliber is worth the cost required to bring him to New England. The Patriots are 6-0, but there are genuine concerns about their depth at wide receiver. Taking a chance on Sanders, even at the cost of a valuable draft pick, does make sense because New England should do all it can to maximize what's left of quarterback Tom Brady's career.

Phil Perry: Why Broncos should make Sanders available>>>

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How latest Patrick Mahomes injury report impacts Patriots vs. Chiefs Week 14 game

How latest Patrick Mahomes injury report impacts Patriots vs. Chiefs Week 14 game

NFL fans who had circled the Week 14 showdown between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs on their calendars can breathe a sigh of relief.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes suffered a knee injury that knocked him out of Thursday night's game against the Denver Broncos. The injury, given Mahomes' importance to the Chiefs, had the potential to not only impact the Chiefs' 2019 season, but also the entire AFC playoff race.

Luckily for Mahomes, his injury is not too serious. NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that the reigning NFL MVP will miss three to five weeks. Therefore, the chances of Mahomes being back in time for Kansas City's trip to Gillette Stadium in December look pretty good right now.

The Patriots enter Week 7 as the only unbeaten team in the AFC with a 7-0 record. The Chiefs, with a 4-2 record, are atop the AFC West division and tied with the Houston Texans for the No. 2 seed in the conference.

The Week 14 matchup between the Chiefs and Patriots likely will have a huge impact on the race for the AFC's top seed. The Chiefs already are two games behind the Patriots for the No. 1 seed, and beating the defending Super Bowl champs on the road without Mahomes would have been an extremely difficult task. Even with Mahomes healthy and playing, the Chiefs will have a tough task ahead of them because the Patriots, as of Sunday, have won 19 consecutive games at home, including the playoffs.

The two Tom Brady vs. Patrick Mahomes games last season were two of the best games of the entire decade. Luckily for fans everywhere, we should get Round 3 in December barring an injury setback for Mahomes.

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