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NFL Week 1: Latest news, scores, injury updates, ATS picks and fantasy football advice

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The 2018 NFL season opens with important questions that may well be overshadowed by the playing of the national anthem. Will players take a knee, demonstrate in some other way or remain off the field during its playing, and will President Trump be tweeting about it?

Although the national debate over demonstrations to raise awareness of social justice and police brutality has devoured headlines the last two NFL seasons, there remains no official policy despite meetings between the NFL and the players’ union, and the Philadelphia Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins, the face of the NFL player demonstrations, says, “we’re just at the beginning” of a movement toward social activism that he now leads. In the opener Thursday night between the Eagles and Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia’s Michael Bennett took a seat near the end of the anthem after pacing in front of the bench for most of it.

The opener is unlikely to escape the notice of Trump, who was highly critical of Nike’s decision to use Colin Kaepernick in its 30th anniversary “Just do it” ad campaign. The ad appeared during the Thursday night NFL opener on NBC, prompting the president to wonder, “What was Nike thinking?”

Otherwise, the season’s first Sunday brings a number of compelling story lines. Here’s a look at a half-dozen of the biggest.

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck will play in his first regular season game in 616 days. His shoulder, which took a battering behind a porous line in previous years, has been surgically repaired, Luck’s deliberate rehab completed. “I feel really good, and I’m really excited,” he said. “I feel like I’m in shape, I feel I can make all the throws that I need to. I’d like to think that I can keep improving as a quarterback, that I can keep improving as a football player, keep improving as an athlete — you know, I like to think this team will improve as we go through this season. But very excited.” Now, if only the offensive line will do its part to keep him healthy, starting with the 1 p.m. game against the Bengals.

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