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NFL Capsule: Titans at Dolphins

NFL Capsule: Titans at Dolphins

TENNESSEE (3-6) At MIAMI (4-4)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Dolphins by 6 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Tennessee 3-6; Miami 4-4

SERIES RECORD - Dolphins lead 18-15

AP PRO32 RANKING - Titans No. 29; Dolphins No. 15

LAST MEETING - Dolphins beat Titans 29-17, Nov. 14, 2010

LAST WEEK - Titans lost to Bears, 51-20; Dolphins lost at Colts, 23-20

TITANS OFFENSE - OVERALL (24), RUSH (24), PASS (18)

TITANS DEFENSE - OVERALL (30), RUSH (30), PASS (27)

DOLPHINS OFFENSE - OVERALL (23), RUSH (13), PASS (20)

DOLPHINS DEFENSE - OVERALL (24), RUSH (3), PASS (30)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Dolphins allowed Indianapolis to convert 13 of 19 third-down situations last week, but still rank third in league in that category, with opponents converting only 33 percent. Tennessee ranks second-worst at 45 percent. ... In two games against Titans, Brian Hartline has seven catches for 194 yards, average of 27.7 per reception. ... Dolphins haven't allowed 100-yard rusher in 22 consecutive games. Chris Johnson has run for more than 100 yards both times he has faced them, most recently November 2010. ... Over past six games, Johnson has rushed for 691 yards, second in NFL only to 727 yards by Minnesota's Adrian Peterson. ... Coming off 51-20 loss to Bears, Tennessee has allowed 308 points, most in NFL by far. ... They've been outscored by an average of 14 points per game, last in league. ... Titans have allowed 20 passing touchdowns, tied for most in league. ... Opposing quarterbacks have rating of 108.4, highest in league. ... Tennessee allowing 142 yards rushing per game, third worst. ... Titans off next week. It's latest bye they've ever had. ... Miami's Ryan Tannehill has thrown 98 consecutive passes without interception. ... Tannehill has thrown only five scoring passes, which ranks 32nd in league. ... Dolphins have 11 rushing touchdowns, one less than the NFL high. ... Miami's Brandon Fields leads league with punting average of 51.6 yards. ... Dolphins at home for first time since Oct. 14.

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Nationals the latest team to extend protective netting in stadium

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Nationals the latest team to extend protective netting in stadium

The Nationals return to the nation’s capital Monday night for their first homestand of the season’s second half. When they do, players and fans may notice a slight change at Nationals Park: extended netting.

The issue of extending protective netting down the lines of baseball stadiums has grown more and more prominent in recent years, especially with the rash of avoidable injuries fans are incurring on foul balls.

As hitters have grown stronger and exit velocities have skyrocketed, it’s become harder for fans in certain sections to protect themselves or their children from these dangerous shots into the crowd.

More and more teams have announced plans to extend the netting at their stadiums all the way down the lines, though it’s come with a little (misguided) controversy.

Monday night marks the debut of the Nationals’ extended netting.

“Throughout Major League Baseball there have been some tragic incidents this year,” Nationals VP of Public Safety and Security Scott Fear explained in a statement priovided by the team. “So we at the Washington Nationals decided to extend the netting to make sure our fans are safe.”

“And that’s what this is all about,” Fear continued. “We want to protect our fans, the children, the adults, everyone that comes to the game, to make sure they have a great time without worrying about being hurt.”

Perhaps in anticipation of some pushback from fans concerned about a diminished view, the Nats were quick to describe the new netting as being nearly see-through.

Plus, with the changes, the Nationals installed retractable netting, allowing it to come down prior to gametime. This will afford fans even more opportunities to interact with players and ask for pregame autographs and pictures.

“This is something we feel is going to be very positive, and our fans will feel safe being here watching the game,” Fear concluded.

Ultimately, safety should be the number one priority of any major franchise, the Nationals included. They are one of the first teams to embrace this change in the name of safety, and they certainly won’t be the last.

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Trent Williams will not report to Richmond to open training camp, per report

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Trent Williams will not report to Richmond to open training camp, per report

Trent Williams will not report to training camp this week when the Redskins head to Richmond to officially begin their 2019 season, according to NFL Network.

The news comes as no surprise, as Williams missed all of the Redskins voluntary offseason workouts and skipped the team's mandatory minicamp in June. Reports streamed out that Williams was upset about his contract and looking for a new deal -- not to mention reports that he was angry with the team's medical staff after a missed diagnosis with a growth on his scalp. 

Williams has made no official statements, and the Redskins organization offered very little in terms of a timeline for his return. Washington team president Bruce Allen said he knows "the truth" about Williams' situation, and head coach Jay Gruden said he hoped things would be resolved before Week 1 in Philadelphia. 

A seven-time Pro Bowler, Williams is arguably the best left tackle in the NFL. He's an immensely talented offensive lineman with two years remaining on his deal. Beyond the medical situation, Williams could be upset that in 2020, the final year of his deal, there is hardly any guaranteed cash. The team could release Williams with less than $2 million in salary cap penalty and save nearly $13 million against the cap. 

Without Williams, the Redskins could be in real trouble. Second-year pro Geron Christian did not seem capable of playing at a starting tackle level last fall, and that was before a knee injury landed him on IR. Morgan Moses should be locked in as the right tackle, but opposite him in Williams' spot will be dicey. 

Multiple sources with the Redskins and around the NFL suggested more cash could change Williams' mind before Week 1, and for now, it looks like the 31-year-old will be waiting for that increased payday. If Williams missed actual games, he would begin to lose money from this year's $14 million salary.

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