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NFL Notes: Colts, Patriots, Saints, Vikings

Colts

  • NFL’s chief medical officer Allen Sills said on a conference call Tuesday that “all protocols were followed and we did our best” in regards to checking Colts QB Jacoby Brissett for a possible concussion. (Stephen Holder)
  • Sills mentions that Brissett showed no symptoms during and after the game. In fact, Brisset actually passed four tests — two during the game and two after — before he was placed in the concussion protocol after displaying “mild” symptoms.
  • Stephen Holder mentions that the NFL is essentially saying that Brissett never failed any of the four concussion tests he was administered, but the Colts elected to place him in the concussion protocol out of “abundance of caution.”

Patriots

  • NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart told reporters on Tuesday that the league does not have any issues with how TE Martellus Bennett ended up with the Patriots. (Ben Volin)

Saints

  • Joel Corry mentions that one potential option for the Saints and QB Drew Brees to consider this offseason in regards to negotiating a salary would be to turn the 2018 year of his contract in a real year and push back the voiding of the agreement to 2019.
  • As of now, Brees’ contract is scheduled to void next year and the Saints would carry an $18 million cap charge as a result.
  • Earlier in the day, Brees said he has no plans to ever leave New Orleans. (NFLTR)

Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings expressed concerns about Panthers TE Greg Olsen calling their upcoming game against the Rams for FOX, given that he could get some form of competitive advantage against them if he had normal access to the team.

However, FOX announced that they plan to take measures to ensure that Olsen’s access to the teams is limited.

We are excited for the opportunity to make this Sunday’s broadcast fun and insightful with Pro Bowler Greg Olsen,” FOX said in a statement provided to Pro Football Talk. “We fully respect the Vikings concerns and will limit the amount of pre-game access allowed to Greg. We look forward to welcoming him in the broadcast booth and giving viewers a unique perspective this Sunday.”

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