Champs Don’t Miss A Beat
SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks unfurled their first Super Bowl banner just before kickoff and then showed the Green Bay Packers why they are defending NFL champions.
Marshawn Lynch ran for 110 yards and two touchdowns and Russell Wilson added two TDs through in the air as the Seahawks dismantled the Packers 36-16 in the NFL season opener.
Lynch, who ran for 1,257 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, barreled through a trio of Packers for the TD with 3:41 left before halftime to give the Seahawks a 17-10 lead. He added a 3-yard TD run on the first play of the fourth quarter for a 29-10 advantage.
Aaron Rodgers threw for 189 yards and a touchdown, but the Packers' up-tempo offense was stymied by Seattle's rough-and-tumble defense.
Brady misses practice
UNDATD (AP) — Tom Brady sat out practice with the Patriots ahead of the team's season opening game against Miami Sunday. New England's starting quarterback is suffering from a calf injury. Coach Bill Belichick didn't meet with reporters after practice.
In other news from around the league;
— Carolina coach Ron Rivera says he'll make a game-time decision on quarterback Cam Newton's availability for Sunday's regular season opener at Tampa Bay. Newton was limited in practice this week while recovering from fractured ribs. Derek Anderson would start if Newton can't play.
— Texans top overall pick Jadeveon Clowney says he suffered a concussion in a joint practice with Denver last month after a helmet-to-helmet hit. He missed the Texans' final two preseason games, but says he passed the league protocols for head injuries in just over a week and will play in Sunday's opener against Washington.
— The Daily News of New York says it will no longer use the name Redskins when writing about Washington's NFL team. The name may appear in quotations, reader letters and discussion of the dispute if the team's nickname. The newspaper will also drop the team's logo of a feathered Native American and replace it by an image that features team colors.
— The Oakland Raiders have agreed to pay $1.25 million to settle a lawsuit alleging they failed to pay their cheerleaders minimum wage. The settlement covers 90 Raiderettes who worked for the team from 2010-13 and will pay them between $2,500 and $6,000 for each of those seasons.
NFL looks into Jets player's domestic violence arrest
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The NFL is reviewing the arrest of Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa under its new domestic violence policy as police released details of last weekend's incident.
The practice squad member was arrested and charged with domestic violence and simple assault Sunday night, according to an arrest report released by the Florham Park Police Dept. The 22-year-old Enunwa pleaded not guilty Wednesday.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced last week tougher penalties for players accused of domestic violence, including a six-week suspension for a first offense and at least a year for a second.
Ex-Bill Kelly cancer free
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Follow up tests have revealed that Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly shows no sign of having sinus cancer three months after completing radiation and chemotherapy treatments. The update was provided in a news release issued by Kelly, less than a week after he had biopsies performed at the hospital.
The results confirm an initial physical exam Kelly had two weeks ago.
Kelly calls the update as "some of the greatest news I've ever gotten."