The Minnesota Vikings have ruled out tight end John Carlson (concussion) and safety Mistral Raymond (ankle) for Thursday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Carlson has a history of concussions, suffering one in a playoff loss to the Chicago Bears while with the Seattle Seahawks during the 2010 season, so the Vikings should and will be cautious with Carlson. Buccaneers cornerback Brandon McDonald is “questionable” with an ankle injury. Three days after the first multiple rushing touchdown performance of his career, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck made his debut appearance on the injury report, listed as a “Full Participant” with a knee injury. Luck is expected to start on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. Several Colts players who have missed games recently practiced on a limited basis on Wednesday, including defensive end Cory Redding and running back Donald Brown. Redding says he’s playing against the Titans, who may get quarterback Jake Locker (non-throwing shoulder) back this week. Locker suffered the injury in the season-opener and re-injured the shoulder in a Sept. 30 loss to the Houston Texans. Titans middle linebacker Colin McCarthy (ankle) was a full participant on Wednesday. Washington Redskins inside linebacker London Fletcher missed Wednesday’s practice with a hamstring injury suffered in Sunday’s loss to the Giants. The 37-year-old was also experiencing problems with balance and visited a neurologist, head coach Mike Shanahan said according to Mark Maske of The Washington Post. Fletcher has appeared in 231 consecutive games and started 186 straight, two streaks that are in jeopardy when the Redskins host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. The Redskins are expected to be without wide receiver Pierre Garcon, who has a partial tear in the plantar plate of the second toe of his right foot, Mike Garafolo of the USA Today reports. Signed to a five-year, $42.5 million contract in March, Garcon has just eight receptions for 153 yards and a touchdown in three games this season and will likely miss the next two weeks, bringing that number to six games missed, costing Garcon over $93,000 in “per game active” roster bonuses this season. Speaking of financials, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, newly re-signed tight end Chris Cooley’s one-year contract with the Redskins included a $200,000 signing bonus and a base salary of $825,000, which prorated over the final 10 weeks, amounts to $485,294. In a somewhat surprising move, the Redskins agreed to fully guarantee the $485,294 in base salary. Cooley was signed to replace Fred Davis, who will miss the remainder of the 2012 season with a torn Achilles that was surgically-repaired on Tuesday.
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