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The Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Tennessee Titans and Washington Football Team called off their respective practices on Thursday in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake, according to AP.

The big picture: Already, the Detroit Lions didn't show for practice on Tuesday, protesting the shooting and serving as an example for their peers in the NFL, AP writes. The action follows a wave of other cancelations in the sports world, kicked off by the Milwaukee Bucks refusal to take the floor for Game 5 on Wednesday against the Orlando Magic.

What they're saying: The Colts "will use the day to discuss and work toward making a lasting social impact and inspiring change in our communities,” the team said on Twitter.

  • "In the strongest terms, we condemn police brutality, excessive force and these senseless acts of violence that have caused so much pain. It is time for accountability and real policy reform," the Broncos said in a statement.
  • “In place of our practice at FedEx Field, the players, coaches and football staff will meet as a football family and we’ll continue our open dialogue on the issues of racism and social injustice in our country,” Washington Football Team coach Ron Rivera said in the statement.

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