Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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Vikings choose Hill as QB for opener

MINNEAPOLIS — Shaun Hill will be the Vikings' starting quarterback in today's regular-season opener against the Titans, ESPN reported Saturday.

Hill was given the start over Sam Bradford, acquired from the Eagles last week for a 2017 first-round pick and a conditional 2018 fourth-rounder. Bradford joined the team after starter Teddy Bridgewater tore multiple ligaments in his left knee Aug. 30.

The team split first-team snaps between Hill and Bradford during practice last week.

BUCS MOVES: As expected, Tampa Bay promoted linebacker Josh Keyes from the practice squad to the 53-man roster, waiving tight end Alan Cross. Keyes' promotion came because Devante Bond hasn't fully recovered from a hamstring injury. Also, linebacker Micah Awe was cut from the practice squad and tight end Danny Vitale was signed.

HIT ON CAM: The NFL has determined that a second hit to the helmet of Panthers quarterback Cam Newton on Thursday should have drawn a penalty flag, ESPN reported. The league reviewed Brandon Marshall's hit on Newton in the third quarter and ruled that the Broncos linebacker deserved a 15-yard penalty.

RB SAYS HE'S READY: Running back Matt Jones is listed as questionable but expects to play for Washington in its season opener Monday night against the Steelers. Jones is almost fully healed after separating his left shoulder Aug. 19 and is confident he'll be 100 percent.

STEELERS: Wide receiver Markus Wheaton did not practice and has been ruled out of Monday night's game against Washington. Wheaton has been battling a shoulder injury.

Times staff writer Greg Auman contributed to this report.

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