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Around the NFL: Goodell 'proud' of league after protests; Sproles done for season after two injuries in one play

Here is a look at stories around the league on Monday, Sept. 25.

1. Roger Goodell is "proud" of the league after Sunday's upswing in protests.

Social injustice protests during the national anthem were at an all-time high Sunday after President Trump said he would like to see owners fire "son of a bitch" players who kneeled during the anthem. What did the NFL commissioner think?

"The way we reacted today, and this weekend, made me proud,” Goodell told Sports Illustrated. “I’m proud of our league."

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Here's the end of the exchange between SI's Peter King and Goodell:

“Aren’t you bothered that the president might be on a crusade against your league?” I asked.

“No,” Goodell said. “We live in an imperfect society. A public discourse makes us strong.”

2. Eagles RB Darren Sproles is done for the year. 

Get this: Sproles broke his arm, suffered ligament damage in his wrist AND tore his ACL all in the same play, according to Philly.com and ESPN. He's finished for this season.

The video of the hit doesn't look that bad. The wrist injury occurred when the tackling player's foot hit Sproles' arm at the end of the play.

3. MRI results good for Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin.

Benjamin missed the 2015 season with a torn ACL in his left knee, but an MRI Sunday night showed no structural damage after he was injured in the Panthers' Week Three contest.

Benjamin is Carolina's top wide receiver but has only nine catches this year as QB Cam Newton has struggled. Second receiver Devin Funchess has 10 receptions while running back Christian McCaffrey leads the team with 18. The Panthers play the Patriots next week.

4. Bucs linebacker Lavonte David to miss a several weeks.

Tampa Bay linebacker suffered an ankle injury in Sunday's game that will keep him out "a month or more," NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported.

David, a former second-round pick, has an 88.1 grade from Pro Football Focus this year, ranking second among all linebackers.

5. Rams lineman arrested on gun charges.

Rams defensive lineman Ethan Westbrooks was booked on five felony gun charges after a pullover for speeding, according to ESPN and the Southern California News Group.

Police reportedly found a gun in the vehicle that was reported stolen several years ago, loaded with 13 rounds of ammunition. Westbrooks has a court appearance scheduled for next week.

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