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Justin Britt‘s show of support for Seattle Seahawks teammate Michael Bennett during the national anthem Friday night did not go unappreciated.

After hearing Bennett’s call for a white player to join protest efforts, Britt said the comments led him to place a hand on the defensive end’s shoulder while he sat out the national anthem before Friday’s preseason game.

“I want to support him,” Britt said after the Seahawks’ win over the Minnesota Vikings, according to ESPN’s Sheil Kapadia. “I want to support what he stands for and his beliefs. I’m not foolish. I’m from Missouri. I get that things are different in that area than they are in some other areas. I’m not against what the flag means and veterans. My dad was in the Army. So I’m not putting any disrespect to them. I’m just trying to understand the issues, trying to educate myself more in that regard and showing support …

“I always tell kids: Don’t be a follower. Be the one they’re following. So whether it’s good or bad in some eyes, I feel like I’m just supporting my teammate, supporting why he’s doing it and his reasons, and trying to encourage others.”

Britt says that he talked to Bennett beforehand about showing support and is considering sitting out the anthem in the future. Bennett was moved and motivated by the gesture of his teammate.

“A very emotional moment to have that kind of solidarity from someone like Justin Britt, who’s a known leader in our locker room, who’s from a different part of America than me,” Bennett said. “But to be able to have that solidarity and to be able to have somebody who is behind me and know that it’s someone that I really trust, and to see him put everything on the line to support one of his teammates, I thought that was a very special moment.”

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After an offseason when Richard Sherman was placed on the trade block, Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider has refuted the notion of a deteriorating relationship between the club and their star cornerback.

Sherman earned his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl nod, but his season was marred by controversy. He openly ripped into head coach Pete Carroll and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell for their playcalling during a Dec. 15 victory over the Los Angeles Rams. Sherman then threatened to revoke a reporter’s credential when he asked Sherman about the incident.

It didn’t stop there, however. In May, Sherman emerged as the central component of a bombshell story that alleged he’d thrown numerous tantrums since losing Super Bowl XLIX and hurled expletives at Russell Wilson in practice.

Sherman, Michael Bennett, and a handful of Seahawks denied the veracity of the story.

“We were never, ever in a bad place,” Schneider said on 710 ESPN Seattle, per Bob Condotta from the Seattle Times.

Both parties have moved on, focusing on the upcoming season, although recent history suggests Schneider may not be altogether truthful regarding Sherman.

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Russell Wilson is one of the most transformative figures in the history of the Seattle Seahawks, and he’s looking to explore uncharted territory.

Wilson is entering his sixth season, but the three-time Pro Bowler believes he’s still in the early chapters of his career.

“I want to play 25 years,” Wilson told ESPN’s Sheil Kapadia repeatedly.

Since the AFL-NFL merger, no quarterback has come close to reaching the quarter-century career mark. The closest comparison of the modern era would be Brett Favre, who played 20 seasons before finally hanging up his cleats.

Wilson hasn’t missed a game through five seasons, fueling his belief in trying to accomplish the nearly impossible task at hand.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has stated repeatedly that he plans to play well into his 40s, and Wilson is certainly taking note of the reigning Super Bowl MVP’s resilience.

“Uh, yeah, I pay attention,” Wilson told ESPN.com. “I’ll say that. I pay attention. Something that I’ve observed and seen. He’s a great example of longevity. He’s a great example of being able to be mobile – a different mobility, but you know what I mean. Being able to seem like he’s just getting better. That’s what I always want to be. That’s my focus.”

It’s difficult to forecast how Wilson will fare in the latter stages of his career, but for the time being, there’s little reason to dismiss his audacious goal.

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Former Green Bay Packers running back Ahman Green has been arrested in Wisconsin on allegations of child abuse, according to Paul Srubas of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

Green was reportedly arrested at his home Sunday evening. As Pro Football Talk’s Josh Alper notes, jail records show Green has been charged with child abuse-intentionally causing harm/cruelty toward child.

Green starred for the Packers from 2000-06, topping 1,000 yards rushing six times, and he remains the leading rusher in franchise history.

Green also played for the Seattle Seahawks and Houston Texans.

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Seattle Seahawks running back Eddie Lacy will collect a $55,000 bonus after weighing in below 250 pounds on Monday, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

Lacy also earned a $55,000 bonus on May 15 after weighing in at 253 pounds. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll told reporters in March that he wants Lacy to be around the 240-pound mark.

The veteran running back signed a one-year, $5.5-million contract with the Seahawks in March, after spending the first four years of his career with the Green Bay Packers.

Lacy will battle Thomas Rawls, C.J. Prosise, and Alex Collins for playing time this fall.

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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson made his first public comments Friday about a recent article by ESPN’s Seth Wickersham that claimed there’s discord in the team’s locker room.

In it, Wickersham alleged the team’s defense has grown tired of the pass the offense, and in particular Wilson, has been given in recent seasons by the coaching staff.

“I didn’t really read the article, I just heard about it,” Wilson told reporters after Friday’s OTA session, going on to praise his teammates.

“We play a hard-hittin’ game. There’s always tension,” he said with a laugh. “I don’t think it’s a negative tension. When you love something, you’re passionate about what you do every day … we come out here to win.”

Wilson described the Seahawks as “ultimate competitors,” and dispelled the notion that there’s a line between the team’s two units, pointing to Seattle’s results.

“I wouldn’t say it’s divided. From my perspective, I believe that we’re a team that’s been in the playoffs, we’re a team that keeps winning. I don’t think teams do that if they’re truly divided,” he said.

As for any issues between he and outspoken cornerback Richard Sherman, Wilson said he’s happy to have him as his teammate.

“I think Richard Sherman’s one of the best teammates I could ever ask for,” he said. “I think that he’s a great teammate. I think he’s going to be a Hall of Fame cornerback as well. I’m glad he’s on our team.”

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Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman vehemently denied the notion that he doesn’t get along with quarterback Russell Wilson during an interview Thursday.

ESPN The Magazine’s Seth Wickersham wrote a story titled “Why Richard Sherman can’t let go of Seattle’s Super Bowl loss” detailing a June 2014 incident where the cornerback allegedly yelled “you fucking suck” at Wilson after intercepting him in practice.

Wickersham also reported that Sherman took the Seahawks’ Super Bowl XLIX defeat harder than anyone.

The four-time Pro Bowler appeared to be incensed by Wickersham’s story.

“It’s just a bunch of nonsense from ‘anonymous’ sources. Can never put much gravity of things like that,” Sherman said on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett was also infuriated by the story, deeming it “trash” and “gossip” in a tweet.

Sherman was reported to be on the trade block after the 2016 season ended, with the New England Patriots allegedly expressing interest in him, but no deal came to fruition.

For the time being, the Seahawks are coming together in defense of their teammates.