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Colts shut down Luck, no timetable

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(TSX / STATS) -- Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is being shut down due to soreness in his surgically repaired right shoulder.

Luck, who has yet to take a snap this season and only recently returned to practice, is without a timetable for his return.

"The doctors and the trainers have decided to give him a cortisone shot to kind of take away some of that inflammation that's been happening," Colts general manager Chris Ballard told reporters. "He'll continue to rehab. We're just going to shut down the throwing right now to get this thing calmed back down."


Vikings QB Bridgewater finally practices

(TSX / STATS) -- EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater practiced for the first time since his horrific left knee injury 13 1/2 months ago. Sam Bradford was absent again as he continues to rehab his injured left knee. And, oh yeah, Case Keenum's knees were fine as he prepared to start a fifth game for a Vikings team that's 4-2, sitting atop the NFC North and holding the head-to-head tiebreaker with Green Bay.

That, in one paragraph, was the Vikings' quarterback situation on Wednesday. Assuming everything stays the same, Keenum will start against the Ravens (3-3) at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday. He'll be backed up by undrafted rookie Kyle Sloter once again.


Trump rips NFL for letting players kneel

(TSX / STATS) -- President Donald Trump continued his criticism of the NFL on Wednesday morning following the league owners' meeting with players to discuss the ongoing national anthem protests.

"The NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem. Total disrespect for our great country!" Trump tweeted.


Goodell: No mandate on players standing

(TSX / STATS) -- NEW YORK -- It appears as if the main thing to come out of Tuesday's meeting between NFL players and owners was mutual respect.

Many owners acknowledged the players' right to protest and what they are protesting about, and seem willing to effect change in whatever form that may take in their respective communities. The players seemed appeased by having the owners at least hear them out on these topics, and in the owners' willingness to continue the conversation in later meetings.


Browns turn back to rookie Kizer at QB

(TSX / STATS) -- The Cleveland Browns are going back to rookie DeShone Kizer at quarterback.

Kizer, who started the first five games, will return to the top spot after watching from the sidelines while Kevin Hogan threw for 130 yards and three interceptions in a 33-17 loss to Houston last week. Coach Hue Jackson wanted Kizer to get a different perspective by sitting out.


Cowboys, AT&T Stadium to host 2018 draft

(TSX / STATS) -- The NFL announced Wednesday that the Dallas Cowboys will host next year's draft with all three days taking place at AT&T Stadium.

The 2018 NFL Draft will be held April 26-28 at the Cowboys' stadium in Arlington, Texas, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced Wednesday at the owners meetings in New York. It will be the first time the event will take place inside an NFL stadium.


Kuechly not expected to play Sunday

(TSX / STATS) -- CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers certainly needed a few extra days after their loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Much of the attention has surrounded the status of linebacker Luke Kuechly, who was placed in the concussion protocol for the third year in a row. While his actual status in regard to a possible concussion hasn't been revealed, it's largely anticipated that he won't play in Sunday's game at Chicago. By midweek, he wasn't taking part in regular practice drills.


Eagles DE Long donating season salary

(TSX / STATS) -- Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long announced Wednesday he is donating the rest of his 2017 salary to increase educational equality.

Long already donated his first six game checks this season to fund two scholarships for students in his hometown of Charlottesville, Va. Long and his wife, Megan, made that decision last month after a series of white supremacist rallies in his hometown led to violence in the streets in August.


Elliott back at practice after reprieve

(TSX / STATS) -- Dallas Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott said Wednesday he appreciates the opportunity to return to the field after a New York federal judge granted him a temporary restraining order on his six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations.

The 22-year-old Elliott was not allowed to be at The Star, the Cowboys' team headquarters, until a U.S. district judge in New York made his ruling Tuesday night.


49ers make Sunday 'Dwight Clark Day'

(TSX / STATS) -- The San Francisco 49ers will pay tribute to Dwight Clark, known for making "The Catch" from Joe Montana in one of the most iconic plays in NFL history.

The organization announced Wednesday that "Dwight Clark Day" at Levi's Stadium which will take place on Sunday when the 49ers host the Dallas Cowboys.