Roethlisberger wrote that he was unable to sleep last night as the Steelers’ method of protest weighed on him.
The Steelers decided to stay in the Soldier Field tunnel before Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears in light of comments made by President Donald Trump about anthem protests by NFL players. Left tackle Alejandro Villanueva, a former Army ranger, was the lone Steeler standing just outside the tunnel, hand over heart, a move that one team source said surprised many players based on the unified approach outlined at Saturday’s players-only meeting.
Beckham didn’t think there was anything wrong with the celebration.
We needed to make a play. We’re down, what, 14-0? We need a play. We need a spark. I don’t care if you kick it from the 5-yard line on our side.
The Giants were penalized 15 yards on the ensuing kickoff. The Eagles returned that to the 29-yard line.
Odell Beckham Jr. drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for this odd celebration after he scored his first touchdown of the season. AP Photo/Michael Perez
It does [pick up a penalty], Beckham said. [Kicker Aldrick] Rosas covered it. It didn’t end up being detrimental, which is the main thing.
Giants coach Ben McAdoo said he didn’t have an opinion on the unsportsmanlike penalty.
I’m going to have to see what took place there, he said.
He did see the result.
We don’t want to be kicking off from the 20-yard line, McAdoo said. That’s not smart football, and we aren’t playing smart football.