The Browns, whose players participated in some of the most visible national anthem protests in the preseason, took a novel approach in their season opener against the Steelers at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Before the national anthem, the stadium’s video screens played a video discussing racial inequality in the U.S. Afterward, the players stood on the field for the national anthem.
Haden had been under contract for $11.1 million this season, $11.2 million next season and $10.5 million in 2019, though he was not subject to waivers and was free to sign with another team beginning Wednesday after 4 p.m. ET.
Haden missed a number of games over the past two years with various injuries, including a concussion, finger injury and a groin issue. Still, the 28-year-old was expected to be a key component in the Browns’ defense.
Instead, he’ll face his former team Sunday at 1 p.m. ET when the Steelers visit Cleveland.
Week 1 of the 2017 NFL season isn’t finished, but after Sunday’s results, it’s not too early to overreact to what happened in the opening games. Every team that won is not headed to the Super Bowl. Every team that lost is not headed to the No. 1 overall draft pick.
In some cases, there is legitimate cause for panic. In others, there is some reason to celebrate.
The rest lie somewhere in between. Here’s supporting or debunking the most popular overreaction for each team.