Upset in the Metrodome, Other NFL News
Rookie Doug Martin racked up 214 total yards and two touchdowns, and the Bucs routed Minnesota 36-17 to hand the Vikings their first home loss of the season in the Metrodome. Martin ran 29 times for 135 yards. He also caught a screen pass 64 yards for a score, one of three touchdowns thrown by Josh Freeman. Adrian Peterson had a season-long 64-yard run for a score that brought the Vikings to 30-17, but his lost fumble in Minnesota territory in the second quarter led directly to a touchdown by the Buccaneers.
The Bucs improved to 3-5 while Minnesota fell to 5-3, in second place in the NFC North behind Chicago.
In other NFL News:
- The Cleveland Browns officially belong to Jimmy Haslam. His $1.05 billion purchase of the NFL franchise from Randy Lerner was closed today, just nine days after the sale was approved by the league's owners. Haslam now owns 70 percent of the team, and the truck stop magnate will get the other 30 percent from Lerner in four years.
- Greg Jennings, the Green Bay Packers' No. 1 receiver will have surgery next Tuesday to repair a torn abdominal muscle that has kept him out for most of the season. Jennings would not put a timetable on his return, but said recovery from the 20- to 25-minute outpatient procedure is not season-ending.
- Denver Broncos cornerback Tracy Porter missed practice to see a doctor about symptoms he continues to experience following a seizure he suffered in August. Team spokesman Patrick Smyth said Porter is hoping to get medical clearance to play Sunday night against the New Orleans Saints, his former team.
- Washington Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon says he has a torn ligament on the bottom of his right foot and that he's hoping to avoid surgery. Garcon described the injury that's sidelined him for four of Washington's past six games as a "plantar plate tear" near his second toe. Garcon only has eight catches for 153 yards this season, his first with the Redskins after signing a $42.5 million, five-year contract as a free agent.
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