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Although I disagree with the notion that the situation has morphed into a full-blown, red state/blue state issue for the partisans of the green and gold, Murphy’s gratuitous remark regarding a divided fan base seems to be a warning to Rodgers about what will happen if he fails to report for mandatory minicamp or training camp. And the reality continues to be that Rodgers, who has a well-earned reputation for sensitivity, doesn’t want the fans to turn on him — fully or partially.

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But the bigger question has been if that could translate to games in high-pressure situations, and it seemed telling coach Bill Belichick didn't want to see more of him in the final two games last season after the Patriots had been eliminated from the playoffs.

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Sherman and the 49ers reportedly were engaged in "preliminary talks" for him to return, but nothing has materialized yet. With Emmanuel Moseley and Jason Verrett in the fold, the 49ers figure to have their starting cornerback spots locked down.NFL San Francisco 49ers Team Face Coverings

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Even with no offseason program, a reduced training camp and missing four games along the way, Aiyuk had a strong rookie season.Aiyuk threatened Jerry Rice’s franchise record for most receiving yards for a rookie, but an ankle injury late in the season quickly closed that door.NFL Baltimore Ravens Team Face Coverings
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This article originally appeared on The Providence Journal: Patriots' Cam Newton injures throwing hand during practice