Luck in pro­to­col, may miss game

Baltimore Sun - - RAVENS & NFL -

Colts quar­ter­back An­drew Luck is in the NFL’s con­cus­sion pro­to­col af­ter com­plain­ing of con­cus­sion-like symp­toms fol­low­ing Sun­day’s vic­tory over the Ti­tans.

Coach Chuck Pagano be­lieves Luck’s con­cus­sion oc­curred in the fourth quar­ter of the 24-17 win. Pagano said safety Clay­ton Geathers also is in the con­cus­sion pro­gram.

The sta­tuses of both play­ers against Steel­ers on Thanks­giv­ing are in doubt. Peter­son may be back: Vik­ings run­ning back Adrian Peter­son, who un­der­went surgery Sept. 22 to re­pair a right lat­eral menis­cus tear, is mak­ing solid progress in his re­cov­ery and could be back on the field by mid-to-late De­cem­ber, ESPN re­ported.

Peter­son could start run­ning this week. He tore the ACL in his left knee late in 2011 but re­turned to win the MVP in 2012. Ari­ans hos­pi­tal­ized: With his team in the midst of a highly dis­ap­point­ing sea­son, Car­di­nals coach Bruce Ari­ans was in the hos­pi­tal af­ter feel­ing ill overnight.

The Car­di­nals is­sued a state­ment say­ing Ari­ans, 64, didn’t feel well af­ter re­turn­ing home from Ari­zona’s game in Minneapolis and his wife took him to the hos­pi­tal. All tests con­ducted so far came back fa­vor­ably, the team said. Sus­pen­sion for Free­man: Line­backer Jer­rell Free­man be­came the sec­ond Bears player in two weeks sus­pended for vi­o­lat­ing the league’s per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing drug pol­icy.

Free­man, who leads the Bears with 69 tack­les, was sus­pended for four weeks and is el­i­gi­ble to re­turn to prac­tice Dec. 19 to pre­pare for the Dec. 24 home game against the Red­skins. Last week, wide re­ceiver Al­shon Jef­fery was sus­pended four games for the same vi­o­la­tion. Jones gets ban: Dol­phins de­fen­sive end Ja­son Jones has been sus­pended with­out pay for two games for vi­o­lat­ing the sub­stance­abuse pol­icy.

The sus­pen­sion stemmed from Jones’ ar­rest last off­sea­son for op­er­at­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle while in­tox­i­cated. He can re­turn to the ac­tive ros­ter Dec. 5. Ex­tra points: Bears start­ing QB Jay Cut­ler suf­fered a shoul­der in­jury in a loss to the Giants on Sun­day and his sta­tus for the re­main­der of the sea­son is un­cer­tain. ... Bills RB LeSean McCoy had surgery on his dis­lo­cated left thumb but is not ex­pected to miss Sun­day’s game against the Jaguars. ... The Jaguars placed TE Marcedes Lewis (calf ) and G Pa­trick Omameh (foot) on sea­son-end­ing in­jured re­serve. ... Sea­hawks S Earl Thomas and CB DeShawn Shead both have first- de­gree ham­string strains that likely will re­quire a re­cov­ery pe­riod of 10 to 14 days. Thomas has started 106 con­sec­u­tive games. ... Pan­thers LB Luke Kuechly was not at prac­tice, and coach Ron Rivera said there isn’t a timetable for his re­turn from a con­cus­sion the All-Pro suf­fered Thurs­day night. ... Ben­gals RB Gio­vani Bernard has a torn an­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment and will miss the rest of the sea­son, but WR A.J. Green might be able to re­turn from a ham­string in­jury. ... 49ers S Eric Reid tore his right bi­ceps and will un­dergo sea­son-end­ing surgery.

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