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Noah, James both expected to play in Miami

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Noah, James both expected to play in Miami

MIAMI After missing Wednesday night's road win at Orlando with flu-like symptoms, Bulls center Joakim Noah said that he will play in Friday nights showdown against the defending-champion Heat.

I feel pretty good, Noah said after undergoing an individual workout with Bulls assistant coach Andy Greer at American Airlines Arena, prior to the teams morning shootaround. The holidays, people come to town, you get all kinds of germs in your house.

Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau was cautiously optimistic about Noahs status.

Hopefully, the coach said. Well see how he feels tonight.

For Miami, LeBron James is expected to play, despite having a knee injury, according to Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra.

You never know. I didnt want to come in assuming. Hes had a couple knick-knack injuries that would probably be bigger injuries for other people the way hes been hit, but because hes so sturdy and strong, hes been able to absorb that type of contact, Spoelstra said about the reigning MVP, noting that the entire team participated in the Heats morning shootaround and that he believed all of them would play in the evenings contest. But he was able to go through the shootaround today it wasnt a walk-through, it was a shootaround so that was encouraging.

Countered James: Spo always thinks Im okay. Its always the same with Spo. He doesnt see injury at all.

Its been better, he continued. Try to get into the training room, get some more work done on it and hopefully by tonight, I can be out there for my guys.

George McCaskey, Bears release statement on Trump comments

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George McCaskey, Bears release statement on Trump comments

About an hour and 40 minutes before the Bears kicked off against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Bears chairman George H. McCaskey released a statement following President Trump's comments about the NFL and National Anthem protests over the weekend:

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told CBS his team will remain in the locker room and will not participate in the National Anthem before Sunday's game.

A number of players knelt during the Star-Spangled Banner prior to Sunday morning's Baltimore Ravens-Jacksonville Jaguars game at Wembley Stadium in London, and Jaguars owner Shad Khan locked arms with his players during the anthem. 

Other NFL owners released statements on the Trump comments over the weekend, too:

Report: Steelers won't participate in National Anthem at Soldier Field

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Report: Steelers won't participate in National Anthem at Soldier Field

The Pittsburgh Steelers will not participate in the National Anthem on Sunday at Soldier Field, according to Jamie Erdahl. 

The decision follows Donald Trump's recent comments on NFL protests at a rally in Huntsville, Alabama.

"Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He's fired. He's fired," Trump said. 

No word on what the Bears will do yet, but the Steelers will be in the locker room.