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LANDOVER, Md. (AP) The “Hands up, don’t shoot” protest has made its way to the NFL.

The Washington Redskins secondary emerged from the stadium tunnel during pregame introductions Monday night with hands raised and palms forward.

It was a show of solidarity with the people in Ferguson, Missouri, who are protesting the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Eleven players took part as the team was preparing to face the Cleveland Browns.

Safety Ryan Clark said Brown “could have been any one of us. That could have been any one of our brothers, our cousins. … When you get an opportunity to make a statement and be more than a football player, it’s good.”

Protesters have gathered daily in Ferguson since Brown was fatally was shot by a police officer Aug. 9.

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Browns QB Johnny Manziel has been fined $12,000 for giving the middle finger to the Redskins bench during Monday Night Football.

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Browns QB Johnny Manziel has been fined $12,000 for giving the middle finger to the Redskins bench during Monday Night Football.

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TONIGHT’S PRESEASON GAMES

JACKSONVILLE at DETROIT – 7:30PM ET
CAROLINA at NEW ENGLAND – 7:30PM ET
N.Y. GIANTS at N.Y. JETS – 7:30PM ET
OAKLAND at GREEN BAY – 8:00PM ET
CHICAGO at SEATTLE – 10:00PM ET

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NEW YORK (AP) The Dallas Cowboys are the first U.S. sports franchise to top $3 billion in value.

For the eighth straight year, the Cowboys are worth the most of all 32 NFL franchises, according to Forbes. They’re valued at $3.2 billion; only Real Madrid at $3.4 billion is worth more among global franchises.

Dallas posted the NFL’s highest revenue, $560 million, and operating income, $246 million. That was far ahead of second-place New England, worth $2.6 billion and with $428 million in revenues, $147 million in operating income.

But the Patriots had the biggest increase since last year, up 44 percent in value. Dallas was up 39 percent.

The average NFL franchise value for 2014 is $1.43 billion, the highest in the 17 years the business magazine has tracked professional football. That shows a 23 percent increase, the largest in one year since 1999.

Forbes determines team values using equity plus net debt figures, and accounts for each team’s current stadium situation, with adjustments for pending new stadiums and renovations to existing ones.

Washington ($2.4 billion) is third in value, increasing 41 percent since the last rankings, and the New York Giants ($2.1 billion) are fourth.

For the 2013 season, the average NFL team generated record revenue of $299 million and operating income of $53 million. Each franchise received a record $170 million of national revenue, mainly from league broadcasting and licensing fees.

At the bottom are Buffalo, worth $935 million and currently for sale after owner Ralph Wilson’s death, and St. Louis at $930 million. But every team increased in worth, the lowest rise being Arizona at 4 percent.

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New Orleans Saints vs. Tennessee Titans: Report Card Grades for Each Saints Unit   

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The New Orleans Saints returned to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Friday night and treated the hometown fans to a 31-24 preseason win over the Tennessee Titans.

For the Saints, who bested the St. Louis Rams in their preseason debut a week ago, the victory was polluted with a barrage of penalties. New Orleans was flagged 22 times on the night, including 14 penalties for 118 yards in the first half.

Despite the surplus of errors, the Saints played with high intensity and effort, particularly on defense, as defensive coordinator Rob Ryan’s unit accounted for five takeaways.

The New Orleans defense was led in the first half by starting safety Kenny Vaccaro, who forced two fumbles and was seemingly always around the ball. In the second half, rookie safety Vinnie Sunseri stepped up in a big way in just his second NFL game action and snagged an interception while making his presence felt all over the field.

Playing without quarterback Drew Brees for the second consecutive week, the New Orleans offense was spearheaded by quarterback Luke McCown. The 11-year veteran completed 12 of 20 passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns, both of which went to All-Pro tight end Jimmy Graham.

McCown was relieved late in the second quarter by Ryan Griffin, who tossed for 179 yards and two touchdown passes of his own.

Following is the first 2014 edition of postgame report card grades, with each position unit for the Saints receiving a letter grade. 

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New Orleans Training Camp, Marques Colston

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston (12) pulls in a TD as New Orleans Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis (28) and New Orleans Saints inside linebacker David Hawthorne (57) try to defend during Saints training camp at the Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia Wednesday, August 6, 2014. (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune) (Photo by David Grunfeld, Nola.com |The Times-Picayune))

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According to a study conducted by Forbes magazine, the GREEN BAY PACKERS have the BEST FANS in the NFL.

The rankings are based on the hometown crowd reach, social media reach based on the area’s population and three years’ worth of Nielsen television ratings, stadium capacity percentage and merchandise sales via NFLShop.com.

Here is a list of the TOP 10:

1. Green Bay Packers
2. Denver Broncos
3. New Orleans Saints
4. New England Patriots
5. Baltimore Ravens
6. Indianapolis Colts
T-7. Dallas Cowboys
T-7. Pittsburgh Steelers
9. Seattle Seahawks
10. Chicago Bears

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