Friday, November 24, 2017

Union looks at QB's injury


The players union is reviewing if the Raiders followed the concussion protocol with quarterback Terrelle Pryor during Monday's loss to Denver.

Pryor suffered a concussion late on a hit by linebacker Wesley Woodyard. He remained in for two plays before leaving.

Pryor defended the team Wednesday.

"Looked like I was functioning. I watched the tape," he said. "I could definitely see why they didn't see it. I was talking to them, so I was fine because they were asking me (questions); definitely a delayed reaction."

A league spokesman said all indications are the Raiders handled the situation properly.

After the game, coach Dennis Allen said Pryor showed no immediate symptoms and the team followed the procedures.

Pryor didn't practice Wednesday. He took a concussion test to determine if he can do so today, but the results weren't available.

"I think it was very mild because I'm doing very well," Pryor said. "They said I'm taking very good steps toward being able to play."

Ex-Buc linebacker's sentenced reduced

CINCINNATI — Former Bucs linebacker Nate Webster must serve only 10 years of his 12-year prison sentence for having sex with the underage daughter of a former Bengals assistant coach.

The Ohio 1st District Court of Appeals ruled prosecutors didn't prove one of four counts for which Webster was convicted last year. Webster, a star at the University of Miami, played for the Bucs from 2000-03. Prosecutors say Webster, who was with the Bengals at the time, had sex with the girl several times in 2009, when she was 15. Webster, 35, said the sex occurred when she was 16, Ohio's age of consent.

Cards star at full speed: Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald was a full participant at practice for the first time since Sept. 13 and said he will not be limited Sunday against the Bucs. Fitzgerald hurt his hamstring Sept. 15 against the Lions and had missed or been limited at practice since.

Browns: With Brandon Weeden still out with a sprained right thumb, Brian Hoyer will make his second start at quarterback. Coach Rob Chudzinski said Weeden should be ready for Week 5, but he will evaluate his quarterbacks on a "week to week basis."

Chargers: Four starting linemen missed practice: left tackle King Dunlap (concussion), left guard Chad Rinehart (turf toe), center Nick Hardwick (shin splints) and right guard Jeromey Clary (sore collarbone). Their status for this week hasn't been determined.

Cowboys: Defensive end Anthony Spencer went on season-ending injured reserve a day after his agent said he needs a second surgery on his left knee in a span of two months. Spencer, who signed a one-year tender as a franchise player, missed the preseason and the season opener.

Dolphins: All-Pro defensive end Cameron Wake, who has not missed a game during his five seasons, was limited at practice by a left knee injury sustained Sunday. The team didn't disclose details of the injury, and his status hasn't been determined.

Giants: Starting fullback Henry Hynoski went on season-ending injured reserve with a broken shoulder blade.

Jets: Cornerback Dee Milliner, the ninth overall pick in April, injured a hamstring during practice. The No. 13 pick in April, defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, sat with a bruised shoulder. Their status for this week hasn't been determined.

Lions: Running back Reggie Bush, who sat out Sunday with a sore left knee, returned to practice and said he will play this week.

Ravens: Running back Ray Rice, who sat out Sunday with a strained left hip flexor, said he intends to play this week.

Steelers: Running back Le'Veon Bell, out since the preseason with a sprained right foot, will play this week, the team said.

Texans: Receiver Andre Johnson (shin) and left tackle Duane Brown (toe) will be game-time decisions this week.

Vikings: Quarterback Christian Ponder said he expects to play this week despite bruised his ribs Sunday. Backup Matt Cassell also took snaps.

Fines: Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant was fined $7,875 for making a throat-slashing gesture while celebrating a touchdown Sunday. … Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus was fined $15,000 for using his helmet to hit Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco on Sunday.

Obituary: Paul Oliver, a safety for the Chargers from 2008-11, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police in Marietta, Ga., said. Mr. Oliver, 29, also a star at the University of Georgia, was found dead Tuesday night. His best season came in 2010, when he started eight games and had 62 tackles and an interception.


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Rose leaves Cavs for ‘personal matter’

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Hogs boot Bielema out after five seasons

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Bruins hold last lead vs. Penguins

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