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Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden denied a report that the team is shopping standout receiver Amari Cooper.

“I haven’t heard that,” Gruden said Sunday after a 27-3 shellacking at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks in London, England dropped the Raiders to 1-5, according to Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area.

“I’m not (shopping him),” he continued. “I’m not. I’m just sorry to have to deal with a lot of these reports. I just hope Amari’s okay. Like I said, he’s going to be a big part of our pass offense.”

Cooper left Sunday’s game with injured ribs. The former fourth overall pick has just 280 yards and one touchdown through six games and is on pace to fall short of the 1,000-yard mark for the second straight season.

The 24-year-old dazzled through his first two seasons in the league, but has fallen off over the last year-plus.

Cooper is under contract through the 2019 season. There have been plenty of questions about the Raiders’ willingness to dole out a big-money extension for Cooper, especially after they chose to trade star pass-rusher Khalil Mack rather than pay top dollar to retain him.

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Paul Allen, the owner of the Seattle Seahawks and the Portland Trail Blazers, has died at 65 years old from complications of Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, his family announced through Vulcan Inc.

Allen, who co-founded Microsoft along with Bill Gates, is also a part owner of Seattle Sounders FC.

“My brother was a remarkable individual on every level. While most knew Paul Allen as a technologist and philanthropist, for us he was a much loved brother and uncle, and an exceptional friend,” Allen’s sister, Jody, said in a statement.

“Paul’s family and friends were blessed to experience his wit, warmth, his generosity, and deep concern. For all the demands on his schedule, there was always time for family and friends. At this time of loss and grief for us – and so many others – we are profoundly grateful for the care and concern he demonstrated every day.”

Allen was among the wealthiest people in the world. His estimated $21.7-billion net worth put him 44th on Forbes’ list of billionaires.

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick made a plea for continued protests against racial injustice while receiving Harvard University’s highest honor in African and African-American studies.

Kaepernick was one of eight people presented with the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal at the sixth annual Hutchins Center Honors on Thursday. He requested that his speech not be recorded or broadcasted, but he did allow his remarks to be on the record.

In the speech, which was transcribed by Eric Kane of 7News, Kaepernick discussed a visit he made in 2016 to Oakland’s Castlemont High School football team, who joined him in taking a knee during the national anthem.

“And one of the young brothers says, ‘We don’t get to eat at home, so we’re going to eat on this field,'” Kaepernick said. “That moment has never left me. And I’ve carried that everywhere I went. And I think that’s the reality of what I’ve fought for, what so many of us have fought for. People live with this every single day. And we expect them to thrive in situations where they’re just trying to survive.

“And I feel like it’s not only my responsibility, but all our responsibilities as people that are in positions of privilege, in positions of power, to continue to fight for them and uplift them, empower them,” he continued. “Because if we don’t, we become complicit in the problem. It is our duty to fight for them and we are going to continue to fight for them.”

Kaepernick also spoke about his Nike campaign and the quote that was at the heart of it.

“As I reflected on that, it made me think of if we all believe something, we won’t have to sacrifice everything,” he said.

New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur isn’t looking to make a change at quarterback.

“We believe in Eli (Manning),” Shurmur told reporters when asked about a possible switch at the position, according to SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano.

The Giants currently have journeyman Alex Tanney as the No. 2 quarterback, ahead of rookie Kyle Lauletta on the depth chart.

When asked if the rookie could possibly see any starting time, Shurmur doubled down, saying, “We’re not talking about a quarterback change yet.”

New York (1-5) is coming off a 34-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night, during which Manning threw for 281 yards and one interception. The offense is currently averaging 19.5 points per game, ranking 28th in the NFL.

Shurmur was also asked to revisit the Giants’ draft-day decision to select running back Saquon Barkley No. 2 overall instead of a quarterback.

“The idea that Saquon Barkley was a mistake? I don’t see the logic in that,” Shurmur said, according to Vacchiano. “And I just told you I believe in Eli.”

Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson suffered a strained shoulder in Monday night’s game against the New Orleans Saints, but he’s expected to play through the injury, a source told NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

The veteran will get a second opinion on the injury, Pelissero adds.

Peterson said after the loss that he dislocated his shoulder, but he “just popped it back in and braced it up at halftime,” according to Matthew Paras of The Washington Times.

The 33-year-old finished the game with just four carries for six yards, adding two receptions for an additional 36 yards.

The lackluster outing brought his season totals to 242 rushing yards, 136 receiving yards, and three touchdowns through four games.

Running backs Chris Thompson and Samaje Perine could take on expanded roles if Peterson were to miss any time.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner has earned the support of his quarterback during his time filling in for Le’Veon Bell to open the season.

“I think James has done some amazing things and deserves to be on the field,” Ben Roethlisberger said Wednesday, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. “We also know what Le’Veon is and what he brings to the table. I guess we’ll cross that bridge if and when it happens.”

Conner, a sophomore, has rushed for 342 yards and five touchdowns on 84 carries over five games. He’s added 239 yards as a receiver while catching 22 of 28 targets.

Meanwhile, Bell remains away from the team as he refuses to sign a franchise tag initially valued at more than $14.5 million. Bell has been fined for every game he’s missed as a result of not signing the tag, bringing the current value down to $10.3 million for the remainder of the 2018 season. The two-time All-Pro reportedly plans to return to the Steelers during their Week 7 bye.

Roethlisberger was sure not to take anything away from what Bell’s potential return would mean for a Steelers team with Super Bowl aspirations, but he believes Conner has done enough to retain some work in the Steelers’ offense.

“If you look at the overall picture of what we’ve asked him to do every week, I think it’s been going up every week,” Roethlisberger said. “I think that’s what gets lost in what a running back (does) and what he’s been doing – pass blocking, picking up the blitz, catching out of the backfield. I don’t want to jinx anything, but he’s catching almost everything I’m throwing to him, and he’s in the right spot all the time quickly.”

Conner had a season-high 75 receiving yards against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 5, hauling in all four of Roethlisberger’s intended passes. His 21 carries were his most since the Week 1 tie against the Cleveland Browns.

Roethlisberger ranks second on the team with 12 carries this season.

Some Dallas Cowboys fans would like to see the team to bring back a familiar face after falling to 2-3 on the season.

A petition created Monday on Change.org calls on Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, head coach Jason Garrett, and offensive coordinator Scott Linehan to bring Tony Romo out of retirement. It has received more than 600 signatures as of Wednesday afternoon.

“The problem that I am looking to solve is the Dallas offense. Let’s get Tony Romo back on the Cowboys roster so that we can open up the playbook again,” the petition reads.

Romo, now an analyst for CBS, was asked about a hypothetical return to the NFL during an appearance on 105.3 The Fan’s “Ben & Skin” show last month, and said he’s healthy enough to play today.

However, when pressed further about making comeback, Romo replied, “You guys are silly.”