Saturday, December 16, 2017
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Timetable unknown for Vikings' Peterson

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has a torn meniscus in his right knee, coach Mike Zimmer said Monday.

The Vikings are still evaluating the injury and have not yet determined how much time Peterson will miss. Zimmer told Minneapolis' KFXN-FM that he has not ruled out Peterson for Sunday's game against Carolina.

Peterson, 31, met with team doctors and athletic trainers to discuss his options, which include surgery.

Peterson, the 2012 MVP and three-time league rushing champion including last season, was injured in the third quarter of Minnesota's 17-14 victory over Green Bay on Sunday night on a 5-yard run. He needed crutches to exit U.S. Bank Stadium.

The No. 16 rusher all-time, with 11,725 yards, has long had a reputation as a fast healer. In 2011 he tore his left ACL with two weeks to play, yet he made it back to start the 2012 season. A torn meniscus is considered much less serious than a torn ACL.

Wentz, Eagles roll

CHICAGO — Carson Wentz followed up an impressive debut with another solid performance, throwing for 190 yards and a touchdown, as the Eagles beat the Bears 29-14 Monday night.

Wentz showed plenty of poise, just as he did in his debut against Cleveland. The No. 2 overall draft pick completed 21 of 34 passes without an interception despite absorbing several big hits.

The Eagles had two touchdowns late in the third quarter, one set up by linebacker Nigel Bradham out of Florida State, who returned an interception 28 yards to the Bears' 2-yard line. On the next play Wentz hit former Florida tight end Trey Burton for a score and a 22-7 lead.

Seahawks punished: The league fined the Seahawks $400,000 and docked them their fifth-round pick in 2017 for violating rules prohibiting excessive contact in offseason workouts. Seattle coach Pete Carroll was fined $200,000 and the team must forfeit its first week of organized team activities in 2017. The Seahawks appealed the penalty but the process is finished. It's the third time since 2012 the Seahawks have been penalized for violations in offseason workouts. The league ruled that the Seahawks allowed excessive contact in an OTA on June 6.

Another Browns QB out: Cleveland's quarterback carousel has thrown another rider. Just two weeks into the season, the Browns are down two starters. "This is pro football and these things happen," first-year coach Hue Jackson said. "Maybe not to this degree any place I have been." Former Buc Josh McCown is out indefinitely after sustaining a "deep sprain" in his left shoulder in Sunday's loss to Baltimore, so rookie Cody Kessler will start next week at Miami. Last week, Robert Griffin III broke a bone in his left shoulder at Philadelphia; he will miss at least eight games. Kessler, a four-year starter at USC, will be the 26th starting quarterback for Cleveland since the Browns reentered the league in 1999 — and their fifth in the past five games. The Browns also signed Charlie Whitehurst, a 34-year-old journeyman, as a backup.

Garoppolo update: The timetable was unknown for Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who sprained the AC joint in his right shoulder during Sunday's win over Miami. Jacoby Brissett is preparing as though he'll start Thursday against the Texans.

More Injuries: Panthers coach Ron Rivera said running back Jonathan Stewart would miss "at least a week or two" after injuring his right hamstring against San Francisco. … Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware will have surgery today on his broken right forearm and is expected to miss 4-5 weeks, coach Gary Kubiak said. … Versatile Chargers running back Danny Woodhead went on season-ending injured reserve with a torn ACL in his right knee. … Jaguars left tackle Kelvin Beachum was released from a hospital in San Diego after suffering a concussion against the Chargers.

Prescott knows role: Cowboys rookie Dak Prescott won't get involved in a potential quarterback controversy. Prescott is pleased to have won his first NFL game on Sunday, but understands his starting role is temporary until Tony Romo returns. "This is Romo's team," Prescott said. Also, defensive end Randy Gregory withdrew his appeal of an additional 10-game suspension, meaning he'll likely miss the season for a failed drug test.

Titans: Controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk said the NFL fined the team's owners — six figures, according to cbssports.com — for not conforming to majority ownership rules. Strunk took over from her sister, Susie Adams Smith, in March 2015.

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