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Eric Reid called his return to the NFL on Sunday

"bittersweet B.J. Hill Jersey ," saying it still hurts that his friend Colin Kaepernick has been "robbed" of his dream to play again in the NFL.While the safety is back in the league playing for the Panthers, Kaepernick remains a free agent. Kaepernick filed a grievance against the league in October of 2017 alleging teams have conspired to keep him out of the league because of his decision to protest racial and social injustice by kneeling during the national anthem."Any athlete in the NFL knows how hard you have to work to get here — and his career has been cut short," Reid said following Carolina's 33-31 win over the New York Giants.Reid said he is hesitant to express optimism that his signing will open the door for Kaepernick, but added "we'll see what happens."Reid, who was signed as a free agent by the Panthers on Sept. 27, continued his tradition of kneeling during the anthem before Sunday's game.None of Reid's new Carolina teammates joined him or stood near him at midfield. He became the first Panthers player ever to kneel during the national anthem, and did so under first-year owner David Tepper.With a large American flag in the middle of the field, Reid went to his right knee as the "The Star-Spangled Banner" was sung by Marc Martel. After the game Reid wore a shirt that read "Know your rights" and listed 10 points.Reid said last week he wasn't sure if he would kneel before the national anthem. He ultimately decided to kneel, saying "I've always told myself when the time comes to stop kneeling, I will stop. But that time has not come."Reid added that more needs to be done to prevent racial and social injustice."We have made baby steps , but people try to give crumbs but present them as cakes," Reid said.Kaepernick tweeted his support of Reid and other protesters on Sunday."My Brother @E_Reid35, with @KSTiLLS and @iThinkIsee12 Authentic Saquon Barkley Jersey , continue to take a knee against systemic oppression. They are unwavering in their conviction! #ImWithReid"Reid made his return to the NFL four months after filing a grievance against the NFL alleging teams colluded against signing him during free agency after he knelt alongside Kaepernick, his former teammate in San Francisco.Reid said last week he was "still considering other ways" of protesting and raising awareness, adding that he was "still evaluating the scope of our country and will make that decision later."However, Reid made it clear he would continue to fight against racial and social injustice along with Kaepernick. Reid, who is African-American, said he will continue to "stand up for my people.""Nothing will ever change unless you talk about it," Reid said last week. "So we're going to continue to talk about it. We're going to continue to hold America to the standards that it says on paper — that we're all created equal. Because it's not that way right now. But we're going to keep pushing toward that."Reid's new teammates, including wide receiver Torrey Smith, a member of the Players Coalition, said this past week that potential protests would not be a distraction for the Panthers.Smith said "no one cares" if he kneels during the national anthem. NY GIANTS (1-3) at CAROLINA (2-1)Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FoxOPENING LINE - Panthers by 7RECORD VS. SPREAD - Giants 1-3, Panthers 2-1SERIES RECORD - Panthers lead 6-4LAST MEETING - Panthers beat Giants 38-35 , Dec. 20, 2015LAST WEEK - Giants lost to Saints 33-18; Panthers had bye, beat Bengals 31-21 on Sept. 23AP PRO32 RANKING - Giants No. 27, Panthers No. 9GIANTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (25), RUSH (27), PASS (05).GIANTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (12), RUSH (29), PASS (9).PANTHERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (18), RUSH (1), PASS (25).PANTHERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (14), RUSH (19), PASS (13).STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Giants have allowed 15 sacks in four games. ... Giants QB Eli Manning has 99.1 QB rating with four TDs and one INT , though offense has struggled. ... RB Saquon Barkley can become third NFL player in history with at least 100 yards from scrimmage in first five games. Others are RBs Kareem Hunt and Adrian Peterson. ... Giants RB Jonathan Stewart (injured reserve) is Panthers' all-time leading rusher. ... WR Odell Beckham Jr., has no TD receptions in 2018. ... WR Sterling Shepard had 10 catches vs. New Orleans last week. ... Giants allowing 12.3 yards per pass completion. ... Giants GM Dave Gettleman was Panthers GM from 2013-17 and reached Super Bowl in 2015. ... Panthers have won seven straight at home. ... QB Cam Newton has 57 touchdowns rushing since 2011, second most among all players. ... Panthers newly signed S Eric Reid expected to start first game since Dec. 31, 2017. Reid replaces Da'Norris Searcy (injured reserve/concussion). Reid, one of first player to support Colin Kaepernick's kneeling during national anthem, was out of football despite impressive resume. ... Panthers rookie CB Donte Jackson has three INTs in three games. ... DE Efe Obada was NFC Defensive Player of Week in Week 3 after getting an interception, two quarterback hurries and one sack in first NFL game. ... DE Mario Addison has 4 陆 sacks and two forced fumbles in last five home games. ... LB Luke Kuechly's 844 tackles since 2012 are most in NFL. ... This is final game LB Thomas Davis will miss due to suspension. ... Fantasy tip: Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey coming off 28-carry, 184-yard performance vs. Bengals. Panthers are No. 1 in NFL in rushing offense, Giants No. 29 in run defense.
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