Friday’s roundup: Vikings put Peterson on IR
Eden Prairie, Minn. — Adrian Peterson was placed on injured reserve Friday by the Minnesota Vikings, another sign that his time with the team could be over following surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.
NFL teams can pull one player off injured reserve per season, so the Vikings would be able to activate the leading rusher in franchise history sometime down the stretch if he were to heal swiftly. The likelihood of him returning this year, though, is slim given the typical recovery time for the injury he suffered last weekend in the game against Green Bay.
The move created an opening on the active roster the Vikings didn’t immediately fill.
Also Friday, left tackle Matt Kalil had surgery to repair a labrum tear in his right hip. He was operated on by team physician Dr. Chris Larson, who performed Peterson’s procedure at Twin Cities Orthopedics the day before. The Vikings called Kalil’s procedure successful, but he’ll miss the first game of his career Sunday when the Vikings (2-0) visit Carolina. Kalil, who will be replaced by T.J. Clemmings, also was placed on injured reserve.
Kalil struggled through the first two games at less than full strength. He has started all 66 games, plus two in the playoffs, since the Vikings made him the fourth pick in the 2012 draft out of USC. Kalil’s contract will expire after this season.
The Patriots could be looking for yet another quarterback — or two — after third-stringer Jacoby Brissett injured his right thumb in Thursday night’s 27-0 victory over the Texans.
Brissett was shown on the sidelines with the training staff having the thumb examined during the game. He finished, completing 11 of 19 passes for 103 yards, and he also ran for a 27-yard touchdown.
... Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (sprained right thumb) is doubtful and receiver Alshon Jeffery (knee) is questionable for Sunday’s game at Dallas.
... Dolphins running back Arian Foster has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Browns because of a groin injury.
... Receiver Brandon Marshall likely will be a game-time decision for the Jets on Sunday at Kansas City as he continues to recover from knee and foot injuries.
... Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins (foot) is unlikely to play against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
... Panthers coach Ron Rivera says running back Cameron Artis-Payne will start Sunday against the Vikings. The Panthers will be without running back Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) for at least a few weeks.
... The Jaguars will be without starting left tackle Kelvin Beachum (concussion) against the Ravens on Sunday.
Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs cost himself $12,154 in fines from the NFL by coming off the sideline to join an altercation in Sunday’s win over Green Bay.
The biggest fines this week were for $18,231 to Raiders punter Marquette King (horse-collar tackle) , Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks (hit to quarterback Carson Wentz’s head), and Packers DL Mike Daniels (roughing the passer, Sam Bradford).
Houston cornerback Kevin Johnson was docked $12,154 for unsportsmanlike conduct (excessive celebration). Kansas City CB Marcus Peters was fined $9,115 for taunting. Denver safety Darian Stewart got hit for $9,115 for a forearm shot to the quarterback. And Panthers WR Devin Funchess also got $12,154 for excessive celebration.
... The Florida Highway Patrol says Buccaneers tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence.
Sgt. Steve Gaskins said Seferian-Jenkins is being charged with DUI and violation of an ignition interlock device restriction from an arrest in Washington in 2013.