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New coach Pat Shurmur wants the New York Giants to do the right thing when the national anthem is played before NFL games this season Nico Hischier Jersey , and that could be a problem.

Under rules enacted by the league last week, players can stay in the locker room during "The Star-Spangled Banner," but must stand if they are on the field. Teams will be fined for violations.

That puts Shurmur and the Giants in a difficult position.

While there were only a few players kneeling during the anthem at the end of last season, two are currently on the Giants' roster. Star defensive end Olivier Vernon got down on one knee during every game last season. Safety Michael Thomas, signed in March as a free agent after five seasons in Miami, has gone down on a knee during the anthem much of the past two seasons to support the movement started by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2016.

Shurmur said the Giants are going to let things settle before talking about the new rule as a team.

"I know certainly for me, it's very easy," Shurmur said Tuesday after a practice at an organized team activity. "I'm going to face the flag and take my cap off and listen to the anthem and be thankful that my family and I live in the greatest country in the world, and be able to kind of reflect on and be thankful for all the sacrifice that a lot of people have gone to, to help protect and secure our freedom."

Vernon did not respond to several requests to appear for an interview after practice.

Thomas said he wanted to discuss the new rule with fellow players and Giants co-owner John Mara before commenting.

"I am not committing to anything right now Marcus Foligno Jersey ," Thomas said. "Just talking with my brothers and continuing to fight for our communities. Right now, we are not trying to jump the gun and step into anything."

Thomas would not say whether the Giants talked to him about the national anthem before signing him.

The 28-year-old Thomas reiterated his protests have nothing to do with disrespecting the flag or servicemen.

"A lot of people try and make this about something else than what it is," he said. "For me and my brothers, we know in our hearts why we are doing it and why we are taking this stance. We are not going to let it get distorted even if we have to find different methods and different ways to find a way to get our message across, then we are going to do that.

"I am not going to get emotionally hijacked about it right now, not going to make comments," Thomas added. "Just keep doing what we have to do."

Thomas played in 13 games last season with two starts. He will be given a chance to challenge Darian Thompson for the safety spot opposite Landon Collins, but he also is expected to be a force on special teams.

"It is very clear what they are thinking on special teams," Thomas said. "I am excited to be a part of that. I don't think having that low standard on special teams is going to be acceptable here."

NOTES: DT Damon Harrison took part in practice for the first time in OTAs. ... Collins, who had recent surgery on his right forearm http://www.officialislanders.com/authentic-adidas-adam-pelech-jersey , had a limited role in the practice. He wore a red non-contact jersey. ... Neither WR Odell Beckham Jr., nor CB Janoris Jenkins was at the practice, which is voluntary. Both told Shurmur they would not be there. ... Shurmur said Ereck Flowers is adjusting well to playing right tackle. He was moved there from left tackle after Nate Solder was signed as a free agent.

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) — It has become a familiar refrain for Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy.

Nagy has often repeated the words “nothing new” over the past 3½ weeks regarding contract talks with first-round draft pick Roquan Smith, and the situation remains status quo.

Nagy’s first training camp with the Bears concluded Sunday, and it remains uncertain when defensive coordinator Vic Fangio can plug the former Georgia linebacker into the lineup.

And that’s not the Bears’ only problem as they head into a week of practices in Denver before playing the Broncos on Saturday in their third preseason game.

Asked Sunday if missing all of camp would limit Smith’s ability to be defensive field general on opening day, Nagy did not mince words.

“I think it does,” Nagy said. “You’re playing at that position and there are a lot of calls that go on, very similar to a quarterback, there’s a lot going on. But I have full confidence in Vic and his staff that when he does get here John Klingberg Jersey , they’ll get him up to speed and whenever that is, we’ll see.

“But again, that’s why we all get paid as coaches is to try to help our players out as much as possible and that’s kind of where we’re at.”

Neither the Bears nor Smith’s agents have openly discussed the reason for the standoff.

The Chicago Tribune reported that the sticking point in talks is the Bears’ refusal to give up the right to reclaim some of Smith’s guaranteed bonus if he is suspended for an on-field rules violation outside the parameters of a football play.

Smith is the only unsigned player in the 2018 NFL draft class. The Bears haven’t had Smith around since their June minicamp.

“I think he knows that he’s to be in shape,” Nagy said. “I think he knows that.”

The Bears have two veteran inside linebackers on the field in Danny Trevathan and Nick Kwiatkoski, so they’re not short on experience.

Players say they’ve avoided turning the holdout into a distraction.

“It’s pretty easy,” defensive end Akiem Hicks said. “I mean, we can’t make him appear out of nowhere. You play with what you got and go forward.”

Their other big problem revolves around the offense.

Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky struggled in the new offense with interceptions in practice, then went 2 for 4 for 4 yards in his first effort against Cincinnati in a 30-27 loss Thursday night.

“It’s not rocket science to know that we need to be better in that,” Nagy said. “It’s my job to make sure am I calling the right plays. It’s their job to make sure they execute when they get those plays to come in.”

Wide receiver Allen Robinson and wide receiver Taylor Gabriel did not play Thursday or in the Hall of Fame game against the Ravens that kicked off the NFL’s preseason. Also absent was starting running back Jordan Howard.

Robinson called camp a successful indoctrination to a complicated attack.

“I think it was really big for us, for us to stay around close to each other Tuukka Rask Jersey , to have those conversations not only in the film room, but outside, just talking about different looks and seeing different things,” Robinson said. “I think it was very beneficial for us, as well as going against the defense.

“We have a top-10 defense in this league and they give us a lot of different looks and they challenge us each and every day, presnap and post-snap.”

The other issue the Bears are facing coming out of camp is that injuries have begun piling up.

Cornerback Prince Amukamara is out with a groin injury and tight end Dion Sims is out with a concussion. Gabriel has a foot injury and has been out a week.

Outside linebacker Aaron Lynch was counted on to be a starter after leaving San Francisco in free agency but hasn’t participated in a single practice due to a hamstring injury.

“We’re not concerned,” Nagy said. “He’s OK with where he’s at. It has drawn out a little bit. There were a few setbacks there a little bit ago, but he’s back on track and he’ll be ready to go.”

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