As NFL teams returned to practice, some conversations turned to football. Not all.

The topic remained the demonstrations of unity each team showed last weekend in response to remarks by President Donald Trump, and what might be ahead. Here’s a sampling:

• Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said a show of unity was important: “Last week was a pivotal moment for the league in general to stand and show continuity, to show togetherness, to show that we will not be bullied in a sense by the president of the United States and his words, and we will not be divided by those words.”

• Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said players were given assurance from team owner Jerry Richardson that they’re free to protest and express their views without having to worry about any repercussions from him.

• Detroit Lions safety Glover Quin said he believes there’s no misconstruing the president’s message: “I think hearing the president say what he said, it really put focus on like, man, there’s no gray area. You’re either on one side of the fence or you’re on the other.”

• Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he is proud of the way his players have handled the decision to lock arms during the national anthem and ask fans in the stands and at home to join them.

• Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn expects players to lock arms, but not kneel, during the national anthem before Sunday’s game against Buffalo. He also encouraged fans to also lock arms.

NFL targets lawsuit

The NFL is asking a federal appeals court to dismiss Ezekiel Elliott’s lawsuit in its bid to lift an injunction that blocked the star Dallas Cowboys running back’s six-game suspension over a domestic violence case in Ohio.

The league wrote in a filing Wednesday to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans that the players’ union case filed on behalf of Elliott had resulted in “hopelessly doomed proceedings.”

Red Miller dies

Red Miller, the fiery coach who guided the Denver Broncos from obscurity to their first Super Bowl, has died after complications from a stroke. He was 89.

Miller coached the Broncos from 1977-80 and compiled a 42-25 record. He’s known as the coach who turned a defense filled with potential into the “Orange Crush.”

The Broncos went 12-2 in 1977, made their first playoff appearance and got to the Super Bowl, where they fell 27-10 to the Cowboys.

Around the league

Linebacker Lawrence Timmons apologized to the Miami Dolphins and their fans for going AWOL on the eve of the season opener, but declined to say it won’t happen again. ... The New York Jets signed running back and kick returner Travaris Cadet and placed wide receiver Charone Peake (ankle) on injured reserve. ... Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (shoulder) won’t return to practice for at least one more week.