Monday’s NFL: Adrian Peterson heads to Washington
Washington has signed four-time All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson.
The team announced the deal Monday after meeting with Peterson. Jamaal Charles and Orleans Darkwa also visited the team the past two days after several injuries at the position, with the team opting to sign Peterson and Michigan alum De’Veon Smith, who saw action with the Dolphins last season.
Peterson, 33, joins his fourth team as he enters what would be his 12th NFL season. The 2012 MVP is 12th all-time in rushing with 12,276 yards and needs 37 to pass Jim Brown.
Peterson, a former Vikings star split last season between Arizona and New Orleans, playing six games for the Cardinals and four for the Saints, finishing with 529 yards rushing and two touchdowns. He will likely share responsibilities with the team’s No. 1 running back Rob Kelley and Chris Thompson.
Monday’s preseason game
Baltimore 20, (at) Indianapolis 19: Joe Flacco threw a touchdown pass in the first half, Lamar Jackson added another in the second half and the Ravens ruined Andrew Luck’s homecoming by topping the Colts. Flacco looked sharp, going 7 of 9 for 72 yards before departing.
Jackson then showed flashes of what helped him win the 2016 Heisman Trophy. He was 7-of-15 for 49 yards and carried four times for 26 yards before giving way to another Heisman winner, Robert Griffin III, in the fourth quarter.
But Colts fans wanted to see what Luck would do for an encore following a solid start in their preseason opener at Seattle.
This time, Luck had a tough night. He threw an interception before logging his first completion, took a hard hit from Terrell Suggs on the first of two sacks and only led Indy on one scoring drive – setting up 45-year-old Adam Vinateiri for a 57-yard field goal.
Luck was 6 of 13 for 50 yards with a quarterback rating of 24.5.
Tirico replaces Patrick
Mike Tirico is adding to his many duties at NBC by taking over as studio host for “Football Night In America.”
Tirico, who also does play by play on Notre Dame games and a slew of other hosting assignments, replaces Dan Patrick. Tirico joins Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison on the Sunday night program that has been the most-watched studio show in sports since 2006.
Tirico had co-hosted “Football Night In America” from the game site. Liam McHugh will now fill that role.
Suh pokes fun
Now that Ndamukong Suh is with another team, he finds the Dolphins’ soft run defense funny.
Suh, a five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle who began his career with the Lions, posted a comment on Instagram under a video of a 71-yard touchdown run by Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey against Miami in an exhibition game Friday.
“Right up the Gut lol,” wrote Suh, who is now with the Los Angeles Rams.
The Seahawks have released punter Jon Ryan, who had been the longest-tenured member of the team. Ryan posted a lengthy goodbye to the Seahawks and their fans on social media Monday morning. He played for three head coaches in Seattle, starting with Mike Holmgren in 2008, Jim Mora in 2009 and the past eight seasons under Pete Carroll.
... The Broncos put lineman Menelik Watson on IR because of a chest injury and intend to release him once he’s healthy. That means Denver will take a $6.83 million salary cap hit this year.
The Vikings have released kicker Kai Forbath, completing their plan to turn over the job to rookie Daniel Carlson.