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Around the NFL: League says no talk on Chargers moving back to San Diego; Fox not planning to show anthems this week

Here's a look at stories from around the league on Thursday, Sept. 28.

1. The NFL shot down the possibility of the Chargers moving back to San Diego. 

The NFL's return to Los Angeles is off to a rough start in Year Two, with the Chargers failing to fill their 27,000-seat soccer stadium and attendance plummeting for the Rams. But despite a report that there has been talk about the Chargers moving back to San Diego, the NFL said Thursday that it is committed to keeping the team in L.A.

"We are committed to and confident of the long-term success of the two teams in Los Angeles," NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy told ESPN in an email.

2. Sam Bradford is out again. 

Vikings QB Sam Bradford will miss his third straight game Sunday after suffering a knee injury in Week One.

"He’s feeling better," coach Mike Zimmer said. "He’s just not ready to practice."

Case Keenum will remain under center when the Vikings (2-1) face the Lions (2-1).

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3. Fox doesn't plan to show the national anthems on TV this week. 

The national anthem doesn't usually make it on TV. It's been getting attention lately for obvious reasons, but Fox Sports president Eric Shanks said he sees a return to the normal schedule this week.

"The standard procedure is not to show them because of the way the commercial format works and the timing of the anthem to get to the kickoff,” he said. " ... A lot of time is happening between now and then. But I think the plan would be to get back to a normal schedule."

4. Deshaun Watson made an incredible gesture.

Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson donated his first game check to three Texans cafeteria workers who lost their houses in Hurricane Harvey.

Watson, the 25th overall pick of the draft, makes a base salary of $465,000 this year. Broken into 17 payments and divided three ways, Watson was able to give each woman $9,100.

5. Kelvin Benjamin expected to start versus Patriots.

Panthers receiver Kelvin Benjamin had to get an MRI on his surgically repaired knee earlier this week after injuring it in Week Three, but the results were negative and Benjamin was able to return to practice Thursday.

Barring a setback, he is expected to start this weekend, coach Ron Rivera said. The Panthers will need all the help they can get against the Patriots.

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