The NFL Players Association president does not foresee a change coming to the league’s national anthem protocol in 2018.

Bengals tackle Eric Winston said he is not anticipating discussions about whether the NFL will consider rules that make standing for the anthem mandatory when union officials and players meet with league representatives at next week’s NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

“Until they change their stance, I wouldn’t expect any sort of conversation about it because I don’t think there’s a lot to talk about,” Winston told co-host David Diehl and me Wednesday morning on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

It’s another issue he and the team will have to face head-on for the Cavs to reach their ultimate goal this season.

Outside of James, Love is indisputably the most accomplished player on the Cavs after their roster reshuffle. He said that it was “pretty apparent” the trade deadline moves were a necessary shake-up. Love would benefit by staking his claim on the new-look team.

“I live by a great quote and it’s, ‘Only by admitting who we are can we get what we want,'” Love said.

¨Itˇs an idea I pitched to a broadcaster back home in Canada and it was basically to do little pieces, kind of behind the scenes of not only the athletes but also the teams that surround them,〃 Duvernay-Tardif said.

¨[For example], we were just shooting with the trainer of the short-track speed skating and he was telling us what kind of ratio theyˇre doing between being on the ice and being in the weight room and what type of training theyˇre going through in order to perform more than four times over the course of a day, going over all of that strategy. I try to bring a little bit of the sports science aspect with the athlete perspective.〃

Whatever skeletons remain in the Cavs’ closet will likely not surface to the degree they have this year if Cleveland returns to winning form.

Cleared out are many of the “agendas” that Lue referred to following a disappointing loss in Toronto last month. In their place are four new pieces, an intriguing rookie in Cedi Osman and a rejuvenated James.bears_115

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