Vik­ings unhappy Olsen call­ing Rams game

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Fox TV is lim­it­ing the pregame ac­cess guest an­a­lyst Greg Olsen will have to the Vik­ings this week, in re­sponse to con­cerns raised by the team about an op­pos­ing player on the broad­cast crew.

The Vik­ings host the Rams on Sun­day, when Olsen and the Pan­thers are on their bye. Olsen has missed the last eight games with a bro­ken foot, but he could re­turn from in­jured re­serve in a week. The Vik­ings play Dec. 10 at Carolina.

Fox Sports is­sued a state­ment Tues­day con­firm­ing the re­stric­tion for Olsen, the three- time Pro Bowl tight end. Fox of­fi­cials said they “fully re­spect” the con­cerns of the Vik­ings.

Matt Has­sel­beck ( 2014) and Mar­cus Allen ( 1994) are other play­ers who’ve worked as an­a­lysts for Fox while still an ac­tive player.

Papa John’s apol­o­gizes

NFL spon­sor Papa John’s apol­o­gized two weeks af­ter its founder and CEO, John Sch­nat­ter, ques­tioned league lead­er­ship for its han­dling of player protests dur­ing the na­tional an­them.

In a se­ries of Twit­ter posts, the of­fi­cial pizza com­pany of the NFL re­it­er­ated that the busi­ness chal­lenges re­lated to the league did im­pact its own busi­ness, but the com­pany back­tracked on Sch­nat­ter’s opin­ion at the time that player protests “should have been nipped in the bud a year and a half ago.”

The com­pany went on to tweet that it “will work with the play­ers and league to find a pos­i­tive way for­ward. Open to ideas from all.”

Pan­thers WR Sa­muel out

Pan­thers rookie wide re­ceiver Cur­tis Sa­muel is out for the sea­son af­ter suf­fer­ing lig­a­ment dam­age in his left an­kle dur­ing the team’s 45- 21 win Mon­day night against the Dol­phins.

That means Carolina will be look­ing for a new start­ing wide re­ceiver head­ing into the bye week.

Sa­muel in­jured his an­kle in the third quar­ter when a de­fen­sive player rolled over his an­kle in the end zone.

This and that

The Red­skins put start­ing run­ning back Rob Kel­ley ( an­kle, knee) and inside line­backer Will Comp­ton ( foot) on in­jured re­serve.

The Sea­hawks signed vet­eran cor­ner­back By­ron Maxwell to help make up for the loss of Richard Sher­man to a sea­son- end­ing Achilles ten­don in­jury.

The Bills signed de­fen­sive tackle Dean­dre Cole­man to ad­dress their run- stop­ping con­cerns.

The NFL- lead­ing Ea­gles signed for­mer Giants of­fen­sive line­man Will Beatty to pro­vide more depth.

The NFL’s chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer said more than a third of con­cus­sion eval­u­a­tions so far this sea­son are a re­sult of play­ers in­di­cat­ing they have symp­toms, amuch higher per­cent­age than last sea­son.

| MIKE MCCARN/ AP

Pan­thers tight end Greg Olsen will be a guest an­a­lyst for the Rams- Vik­ings game Sun­day on Fox.

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