Peterson, Gronk exit with leg injuries

McClatchy news servicesDecember 9, 2013 

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was hurt when he was tackled near the sideline on an icy field. It was a low hit that shelved New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

The result was a pair of right leg injuries for two of the NFL’s best players.

Peterson injured his right foot Sunday when he caught a short pass from Matt Cassel, headed to the right sideline and was tackled by Arthur Brown in the second quarter of Minnesota’s 29-26 loss at Baltimore.

Peterson is expected to undergo an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) test on Monday.

It was a much different situation in New England, which lost Gronkowski to a suspected torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during the third quarter of a 27-26 victory over Cleveland.

Gronkowski was hurt on a hit by Browns safety T.J. Ward after a 21-yard reception. Coach Bill Belichick said he was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

Gronkowski missed the first six games this season to recover from offseason forearm and back surgeries.

Vikings tight end John Carlson, a second-round pick by the Seahawks in 2008, tight end Nick Kasa and defensive tackle Vance Walker of the Raiders, and Dolphins running back Lamar Miller all sustained concussions. Falcons safety Thomas DeCoud left early in a loss at Green Bay with a head injury.

Washington running back Evan Royster was carted off the field in the first half after he sprained his left ankle. Chiefs cornerback Marcus Cooper departed the same game with a bruised back.

RECORD DAY AROUND NFL

The NFL set a single-day record for touchdowns when the New Orleans Saints scored three times in the first half of Sunday night’s game against the Carolina Panthers.

Drew Brees found tight end Jimmy Graham for a 5-yard score right before halftime for his third TD pass, making it 88 touchdowns on a wild day across the league. The previous record was 87 in Week 17 of the 2012 season, according to STATS LLC.

The Philadelphia Eagles tied an NFL mark for 2-point conversion tries Sunday with five in their 34-20 victory over Detroit. They were successful twice.

The five attempts tied the mark of the St. Louis Rams in 2000 against the Atlanta Falcons. The NFL instituted the 2-point conversion in 1994.

Detroit’s Jeremy Ross had a punt and kickoff return for a touchdown, and Kansas City also had one of each, the first time two teams did it on the same day in the NFL since at least 1940, according to STATS.

BRONCOS OFFENSE CLICKS

The Broncos became the first team in NFL history to have four players score at least 10 touchdowns in the same season.

The four Broncos with at least 10 touchdowns this season are Knowshon Moreno (12), Demaryius Thomas (11), Julius Thomas (11) and Wes Welker (10). All four scored in Sunday’s win over the Titans.

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is flirting with the NFL single-season passing touchdowns record. After throwing four touchdowns in Denver’s 51-28 win over Tennessee, Manning has 41 on the season, nine shy of Tom Brady’s mark set in 2007.

The Broncos also clinched the AFC West Sunday. The Titans’ loss handed the AFC South title to the Indianapolis Colts..

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