League keep­ing eye on events in Char­lotte

Baltimore Sun - - RAVENS WEEKEND -

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.

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