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  • Troy Aikman doesn’t know when or if the NFL will resolve the national anthem mess it now finds itself in. He does know Dak Prescott deserves his opinion as much as those protesting during the anthem deserve theirs.

    In other words Tyrone Crawford Jersey , the Hall of Fame quarterback tiptoed through the anthem debate during the opening of his restaurant, Troy’s, in Arlington, Texas.

    “Everyone has their opinion and is certainly entitled to what they feel is best for them — what the flag means to them and what social injustice means to them and how exactly do you protest,” Aikman said Friday, via Jori Epstein of the Dallas Morning News. “Dak came out with his opinion and just like all of the others who have had their opinions, I think it’s good. I think it’s good to share those so maybe we can reach something that makes sense to everyone and get all this figured out.”

    Prescott said it is his belief the anthem at NFL stadiums is neither the time nor the place to protest.

    The NFL has put its anthem policy on hold as it discusses the issue with the NFLPA. In 14 games so far this week, several players have protested during the anthem, including Marshawn Lynch on Friday night.

    “As far as how you resolve this anthem issue , people a lot smarter than me have not been able to figure that out,” said Aikman, Fox’s lead NFL game analyst. “I don’t know. I’m not sure we’ve gotten closer than we got a year ago.”

    WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Nobody needs to tell Winnipeg Jets fans what happened the last time their team had a 3-1 lead in a playoff series.

    After Dave Ellett scored in double overtime in Game 4 of their first-round matchup against the Edmonton Oilers in 1990, Jets 1.0 went on to lose three consecutive games, continuing their decade-long heartbreak against their hated rival.

    The other time the Jets were up 3-1 in the postseason, against the Vancouver Canucks in 1992, they promptly went on a three-game losing streak, too.

    In fact Peyton Manning Jersey , you have to go back to Winnipeg’s days in the World Hockey Association to find a killer instinct.

    During the 1978-79 season, the Jets, led by super Swedes Kent Nilsson and Lars-Erik Sjoberg as well as Terry Ruskowski, took a 3-1 lead against 18-year-old Wayne Gretzky and the Oilers. They lost Game 5 on the road but locked up their third AVCO Cup championship in four years in Game 6 with a 7-3 victory.

    If the Jets are to exorcise some demons Friday night against the Minnesota Wild at Bell MTS Place, they’re going to have to do it without defenseman Josh Morrissey, who was suspended one game for a vicious cross-check to the face of Wild forward Eric Staal during the Jets’ 2-0 victory Tuesday night.

    When you factor in the absence of Toby Enstrom, who has been out for several weeks with a bad ankle; Dmitri Kulikov, who had back surgery in March; and Tyler Myers, who was hurt in Game 3 Mike White Jersey , three of the Jets’ top four rearguards are expected to be out for this all-important game.

    “It doesn’t really cross my mind,” Bryan Little told The Winnipeg Sun after practice Thursday. “It’s going to take a lot more for us to get nervous about that.”

    Staal told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he wasn’t spending any time worrying that Morrissey didn’t receive a longer suspension.

    “It doesn’t matter,” he said after Thursday’s practice at Xcel Energy Center. “Regardless of what (the NHL) decided, it wouldn’t have made a difference. I’m worried about trying to help our team win the game up there and take (the series) home. That’s all I’m focused on.”

    The Jets recalled defenseman Sami Niku from the Manitoba Moose, mere hours after dipping into their farm club for fellow D-man Tucker Poolman. The young Finn made his NHL debut two weeks ago, scoring his first goal against the Montreal Canadiens.

    The Wild will continue to be without two of their best players, too — defenseman Ryan Suter, who broke an ankle April 2, and forward Zach Parise Russell Bodine Jersey , who is out long term with a broken sternum.

    Ryan Murphy will step in on the Wild blue line for Carson Soucy and play his first NHL postseason game. He told the Star Tribune that he sees a pattern.

    “I actually made my NHL debut against the Winnipeg Jets, too, and my Minnesota debut against the Jets,” he said. “So it’s Winnipeg all the time.”

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