Friday’s roundup: Vikings’ Peterson to play Sunday
Minneapolis — Vikings running back Adrian Peterson says he is ready to return after missing the last 11 games with a torn meniscus in his right knee.
Peterson told Dash Radio on Friday he feels good after a week of practice and is ready to play Sunday against Indianapolis. Peterson returned to practice on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in Week 2 against Green Bay.
“I was able to come to the conclusion, talking to the head coach (Mike Zimmer), my position coach (Kevin Stefanski) and the training staff that I’m going to go,” Peterson said. “Being out there confirmed I’m ready to roll.”
“It really boils down to how I feel,” Peterson told the internet radio station, of which he is an investor. “What it really came down to me in my heart knowing, especially after these past two days, that I can go out there and be productive.”
Peterson practiced Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in Week 2 against the Packers. He practiced on Thursday and Friday as well and was not listed on the team’s injury report.
“We just have to make sure everything is good with the doctors and everything going forward, that’s all,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said after practice.
Andrew Luck was a full participant at practice and is expected to start Sunday when the Colts visit Minnesota.
Luck missed practice Wednesday with a sore shoulder and elbow on his throwing arm. He did limited work Thursday and returned to full-time action Friday.
... Dallas defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence has been ruled out against Tampa Bay on Sunday night with a back issue.
... Patriots coach Bill Belichick isn’t sure what role newly signed receiver Michael Floyd will play with the team.
Belichick says the Patriots didn’t have depth at receiver, so he was happy to claim the 6-foot-2, 220-pound receiver off waivers.
Floyd will travel with the team to Denver for Sunday’s game against the Broncos, but Belichick wouldn’t say whether he will be on the active roster.
... The Falcons put safety Kemal Ishmael on injured reserve. He will undergo season-ending surgery.
The Falcons also will be without receiver Julio Jones against the 49ers because of a sprained toe.
... The NFL declined to fine anybody involved in the Harry Douglas-Aqib Talib sideline skirmish last weekend.
The Broncos cornerback tussled with the Titans receiver one play after Douglas’ low block on cornerback Chris Harris Jr.
Talib ripped his helmet off and dared the Titans players to fight him.
Some Titans were telling him he was about to get ejected. Finally, Titans linebacker Avery Williamson tossed Talib aside as officials tried to break it up.
After the game, Talib threatened to beat up Douglas the next time he sees him in Atlanta.
The two players have the same agent.
The only player fined from the Titans’ 13-10 win was Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who was docked $12,154 for mimicking a baseball pitcher in a stretch and throwing the football at the wall after scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
... Two Seahawks defenders drew hefty fines this week for unnecessary roughness infractions at Green Bay: linebacker K.J. Wright ($48,620) and Richard Sherman ($18,231).
... Raiders defensive lineman Jihad Ward was fined $9,115 for a face mask penalty.