NFL injury updates, latest league news from Tuesday, Dec. 7

The Minnesota Vikings are set welcome their top corner back into the fold.

The club activated veteran Patrick Peterson from the reserve/COVID-19 list, likely signaling the former All-Pro will make his return on Thursday Night Football against the Steelers. He was listed as a full practice participant Tuesday afternoon.

Peterson was placed on the list on Nov. 29 and missed the Vikings' Week 13 matchup against the Lions, which Detroit won 29-27.

The 31-year-old has played in just two games since he suffered a hamstring injury in Week 7. The injury landed him on injured reserve and kept him off the field for the next four games, marking the first time in his career he's missed a game due to a injury.

Peterson played every snap in his last outing against the 49ers, and 86% of the snaps the week before against the Packers. He tallied a combined eight tackles in those appearances.

Minnesota is also expecting to have linebacker Anthony Barr (hamstring) in the lineup after he told reporters Tuesday he's been cleared to play. He logged a full practice after being listed as limited on Monday.

Barr, who missed Week 13 after tweaking his hamstring, has also battled a knee injury throughout the season.

Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (shoulder) and Blake Lynch (hip) practiced in a limited capacity after being listed as DNPs on Monday. Wide receiver Adam Thielen (ankle) did not practice for a second day in a row. Linebacker Eric Kendricks (biceps) was upgraded from limited to full.

Injuries/COVID-19

  • The Atlanta Falcons designated tight end Hayden Hurst to return from injured reserve.
  • The Buffalo Bills activated offensive lineman Tommy Doyle from the reserve/COVID-19 list.
  • The Carolina Panthers activated defensive end Darryl Johnson (hamstring) off injured reserve to the 53-man roster.
  • Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku was placed on the team's reserve/COVID-19 list, while fullback Johnny Stanton was restored from the practice squad COVID-19 list. Long snapper Charley Hughlett also was activated off the team's COVID-19 list.
  • The Dallas Cowboys activated offensive tackle Terence Steele and tight end Blake Jarwin from the reserve/COVID-19 list. Jarwin (hip) remains on IR.
  • The New York Jets placed wide receiver Corey Davis on injured reserve. It was initially reported Monday that Davis was undergoing season-ending core muscle surgery.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said his right shoulder injury has been giving him more trouble than the elbow injury than required surgery in late 2019, per ESPN. Big Ben attributed the lingering soreness to years of wear-and-tear. Roethlisberger was listed as a full participant in practice, as was wide receiver Chase Claypool (toe). Cornerback Joe Haden (foot) did not practice.
  • The Tennessee Titans have activated safety Kevin Byard from the reserve/COVID-19 list.
  • Washington Football Team quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick will undergo season-ending surgery on his hip, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Fitzpatrick suffered the injury in Week 1.

Roster moves

  • The Arizona Cardinals elevated linebacker Joe Walker from the practice squad as a COVID-19 replacement and released running back Tavien Feaster.
  • The Buffalo Bills released offensive lineman Bobby Hart.
  • The Cleveland Browns signed tight end Miller Forristall off the practice squad to the active roster.
  • The Green Bay Packers have elevated quarterback Kurt Benkert to the active roster as a COVID-19 replacement and signed QB Danny Etling to the practice squad. The moves come a day after Packers backup QB Jordan Love was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
  • The Los Angeles Rams waived wide receiver J.J. Koski.
  • The New Orleans Saints waived wide receiver Kenny Stills and defensive tackle Malcolm Roach, per the transaction wire.
  • The New York Jets released defensive back Jarrod Wilson. The team also signed kicker Matt Ammendola to the practice squad and released wide receiver Keelan Doss from the practice squad.
  • The Seattle Seahawks are expected to sign defensive lineman Niles Scott to the practice squad following a workout this morning, Rapoport reported.
  • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed long snapper Garrison Sanborn to the practice squad.

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