League keeping eye on events in Charlotte
The NFL said its plans are for Sunday’s game between the Vikings and Panthers to be played as scheduled, although the league will continue to monitor the ongoing violent protests that have gripped Charlotte, N.C.
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency in Charlotte on Wednesday night and has sent in the National Guard to help restore peace.
“We are planning to play the game as scheduled on Sunday,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email to the Associated Press. “We are monitoring events in Charlotte and have been in communication with local officials and authorities, and both the Panthers and the Vikings.”
What began as a peaceful protest Wednesday night led to more rioting and looting in the city with one person shot and four police officers injured. No issues for Peterson: Vikings running back Adrian Peterson underwent knee surgery Thursday morning for a torn me- niscus and no additional issues were found.
It’s not clear whether the Vikings’ career rushing leader will return this season. The team has held off putting him on injured reserve and gave no update on his expected return in Thursday’s statement. Rams must honor PSLs: A federal judge has ruled the Rams must grant season tickets to some people who bought personal seat licenses while the team was still in St. Louis, even though the team is now in Los Angeles.
U.S. District Judge Stephen Limbaugh Jr., also said the Rams must refund deposits for other people who bought PSLs in St. Louis. Limbaugh’s ruling differentiates between PSL contracts sold by the Rams directly, and those sold by their ticketing agent, FANS Inc.
The FANS contract states that a relocation of the team terminates the contract. The judge ruled those PSL holders have the right to refunds, but no rights to season tickets or PSLs in Los Angeles.
But contracts sold di- rectly by the team do not state that the PSL agreement ends due to relocation, Limbaugh said. Extra points: Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin called for a review of training policies for law enforcement across the country, saying the message players are trying to send with their actions during the national anthem now needs follow through. ... Bears WR Alshon Jeffery sat out practice because of a knee injury. He was unable to practice after participating on a limited basis the previous day. ... Jets WR Eric Decker returned to practice on a limited basis after sitting out with a sore shoulder, while WR Brandon Marshall was out for a second straight day because of knee and foot ailments. RB Matt Forte was a full participant in practice a day after being limited with what coach Todd Bowles said was “just a sore knee.” ... Dolphins DE Jason Jones hurt his right ankle in practice and was added to the injury report. If Jones sits Sunday, veteran Cameron Wake receiving more playing time. C Mike Pouncey, who missed the first two games with a hip injury, dressed for practice but didn’t participate.