Tom Brady’s knee remains issue of interest

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady says his injured knee feels better than it did after last game. 

A day after leading New England to a 22-17 win over the New York Jets, Brady said Monday that the knee was acting up during the game. But he said he hopes it will be better Sunday, when the Patriots play the Rams at Foxborough, Mass. 

It’s not known when or how Brady injured the knee. He missed two practices last week because of it but returned to the field Friday. Brady went 30 for 50 for 286 yards and two touchdowns in the victory over the Jets. 

Coach Bill Belichick did not comment on injuries to Brady or tight end Rob Gronkowski during a conference call with reporters.

ColtsLuck is at practice again

A little more than a week after entering the concussion protocol and four days after missing his first game of the season, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck returned to the practice field — an optimistic sign he could play Monday night against the Jets. 

Luck complained of concussion-like symptoms after a Nov. 20 win over Tennessee. 

Coach Chuck Pagano acknowledged that Luck had cleared several steps of the protocol and is expected to take the next one when he returns to a full practice Wednesday. If Luck does well enough, an independent doctor could clear him to play against the Jets.

Indianapolis (5-6) needs to string together wins over the final five weeks to chase down AFC South leader Houston and second-place Tennessee.

Tennessee drops starting DB Cox 

Tennessee released starting cornerback Perrish Cox, who led the Titans with three interceptions and had started 22 of 24 games since signing with the team. His struggles, however, helped Tennessee rank 25th in the NFL against the pass. 

The Titans host Denver on Dec. 11, and Coach Mike Mularkey said they will rotate at cornerback.

Etc. 

Chicago Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan, one of the veteran leaders on a relatively inexperienced defense, will miss the rest of the season with a ruptured right patellar tendon. ... Ryan Fitzpatrick will remain the Jets’ starting quarterback for a game Monday night against the Colts, Coach Todd Bowles said. The loss to New England dropped the Jets to 3-8. ... Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed estimated he has only 30% range of motion in his sprained left shoulder but hasn’t ruled out playing Sunday at Arizona against the Cardinals. ... Cleveland Browns offensive lineman John Greco has been placed on injured reserve after hurting his right foot. Quar-terback Cody Kessler has been cleared from concussion protocol and returned to practice. Kessler sustained his second concussion in 29 days on Nov. 20. 

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