EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Vikings cornerback Chris Cook was diagnosed with a broken right arm and placed on injured reserve Friday. Minnesota did designate him eligible to return after eight weeks.
Cook was hurt helping tackle the Bucs' Doug Martin in the third, one play before the running back took a screen pass 64 yards for a touchdown on Thursday. Vikings coach Leslie Frazier declined to say if Cook's absence led to the score.
Cook, in his third season, was Minnesota's best cover man. He helped limit the Lions' Calvin Johnson to five catches for 54 yards and the Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald to four catches for 29 yards. He helped limit the Bucs' Vincent Jackson to two catches for 40 yards Thursday.
LT cleared: A jury in Manhattan rejected a woman's civil suit that former Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor assaulted her by not recognizing her distress when he had sex with her when she was 16. Taylor admitted to having sex with a prostitute in 2010 but denied he ignored signs she was a runaway who had been beaten and forced to meet him. Both said she told him she was 19. Taylor previously pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual misconduct and is serving six years probation.
NFL wants Tags: NFL lawyers filed a motion in U.S. District Court in New Orleans, arguing that former commissioner Paul Tagliabue should be allowed to hear appeals on the Saints' bounties case next week. In their motion, lawyers quote defendant Jonathan Vilma's statement to ESPN in which he supported Tagliabue being appointed to the role, saying "I think it's a good first step for Paul to be the neutral arbitrator." The action comes after the players union and the four players suspended in the bounties' case filed a motion asking that Tagliabue recuse himself because of what they say is a conflict of interest.
Hernandez out: Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez will sit out Sunday with a sprained right ankle.
Broncos: Cornerback Tracy Porter, suffering from the same symptoms that preceded a seizure in August, did not practice and remains day to day.
Browns: Linebacker Scott Fujita, 33, is contemplating retirement because of a neck injury that ended his season. … Running back Trent Richardson, dealing with sore ribs, practiced for the third consecutive day and expects to play Sunday.
Colts: Coach coach Chuck Pagano, diagnosed with leukemia last month, will have a second round of chemotherapy next week.
Jets: Linebacker Bart Scott, who has appeared in 119 consecutive games, is doubtful for Sunday because of a hyperextended toe.
Packers: Leading receiver Jordy Nelson will be a game-time decision Sunday. He injured his hamstring during practice Wednesday.
Redskins: Linebacker London Fletcher, who has appeared in 231 consecutive games but is dealing with a sore right hamstring and a "balance issue," participated fully in practice.
Saints: Tight end Jimmy Graham (sprained ankle) will be a game-time decision.
Steelers: Running back Rashad Mendenhall (Achilles injury) is out Sunday.