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Colts face Texans with 4 starters inactive

Colts face Texans with 4 starters inactive

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Four Indianapolis Colts starters will be inactive for Sunday's game against Houston.

Defensive linemen Antonio Johnson and Cory Redding, center Samson Satele and safety Tom Zbikowski are out with injuries.

Coach Chuck Pagano has said all week that starters who are healthy will play. Those who are injured will sit out because Sunday's result has no bearing on Indianapolis' playoff position. Indy (10-5) is locked into the No. 5 seed.

Houston (12-3) can clinch the AFC's top seed and a first-round bye with a win.

Indy's other inactive players are running back Delone Carter, offensive tackle Tony Hills and receiver Nathan Palmer.

Houston's inactives are linebacker Brooks Reed; cornerbacks Alan Ball and Stanford Routt; offensive linemen Antoine Caldwell, Andrew Gardner and Cody White; and nose tackle Terrell McClain.

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Report: PepsiCo joins FedEx as latest Redskins sponsor to request name change

Report: PepsiCo joins FedEx as latest Redskins sponsor to request name change

One week after a group of shareholders and investment groups worth a combined $620 billion reportedly threatened to end their relationships with Redskins sponsors PepsiCo, FedEx and Nike if the team didn’t change its name, all three companies have made steps toward pressuring Washington to do so.

According to NBC4, PepsiCo made a formal request Friday that the team retire the controversial name Redskins despite owner Dan Snyder maintaining for years that he would never change it.

“We have been in conversations with the NFL and Washington management for a few weeks about this issue. We believe it is time for a change. We are pleased to see the steps the team announced today, and we look forward to continued partnership," a company spokesperson said in a statement, per NBC4.

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The request comes only a day after FedEx issued its own request for a new name and Nike removed all Redskins apparel from its website. Snyder released a statement Friday morning indicating the franchise would conduct a “thorough review” of the name.

"This process allows the team to take into account not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise but also input from our alumni, the organization, sponsors, the National Football League and the local community it is proud to represent on and off the field,” Snyder said via the statement.

The franchise has had the name Redskins since its second season in 1933, when it still played in Boston. Snyder bought the team in 1999 for $750 million.

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Report: Dan Snyder 'will be seen as a pariah' if Redskins don't change name

Report: Dan Snyder 'will be seen as a pariah' if Redskins don't change name

After various calls for action by the public and numerous sponsors, the Washington Redskins plan to conduct a thorough review of their team's name. 

That review is reportedly expected to result in a name change for the franchise, which according to Mike Freeman, could help owner Dan Snyder avoid significant backlash. 

Freeman reports from a league source that if Washington doesn't change their name from the Redskins, Snyder, "will be seen as a pariah in a world that is rapidly growing and evolving. There’s no more tolerance for this. That era is over.”

Over the last few days, FedEx, Nike and PepsiCo all requested that Washington changes its name. Nike removed all Redskins apparel from their website, while FedEx and PepsiCo issued formal requests for a change. The NFL had also been in contact with Snyder over the past few weeks regarding the team's controversial name. 

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"In the last few weeks we have had ongoing discussions with Dan [Snyder] and we are supportive of this important step," Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement

These calls for Washington to change their name come at a time where racial injustice has become a paramount societal issue. After George Floyd's death in Minneapolis, protests erupted across the globe demanding an end to police brutality the systematic oppression of Black people.

Since then, racial injustices of any kind have been put under a brighter light, including requests for Washington to change the name of its professional football team. 

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