Niners Pro Bowl LB Willis out for season
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis will miss the remainder of the season and require surgery for a strained muscle in his left big toe.
Willis was placed on the season-ending injured reserve list Tuesday for the injury suffered in the third quarter at St. Louis on Oct. 13.
“It’s very frustrating,” Willis said. “My teammates mean everything to me and I want to be out there experiencing all the good times and all the rough times with them.”
A Pro Bowler all seven seasons in the NFL, Willis had missed six games in his career before this latest injury sidelined him for the final 10 games in 2014 for San Francisco (5-4). He had 34 tackles and an interception this season for the Niners.
Willis is a captain and leader of a 49ers team that has reached the NFC championship game in each of the past three seasons.
Willis had hoped the injury wasn’t so serious to sideline him long term. He missed practice last week after returning in a limited role the previous week.
Outside linebacker Aldon Smith’s nine-game suspension ended, but coach Jim Harbaugh said there is no guarantee he would be ready to play on Sunday against the Giants.
Reports: Peterson grievance hearing Monday
The NFL Players Association’s grievance with the league to get Adrian Peterson reinstated to the Vikings’ roster has resulted in a hearing set for Monday, according to reports.
When there is a hearing, it will be before arbitrator Shyam Das, Pro Football Talk reported. Das would have five days to issue a decision, meaning it could come before the Vikings’ Nov. 23 game at TCF Bank Stadium against Green Bay.
The Vikings play at Chicago on Sunday before a three-game homestand.
If Peterson is reinstated, he likely would be eligible to play while the NFL conducts an investigation of its own. Peterson remains on the commissioner’s exempt list, with full pay, following the settlement of his court case last week in Texas. Peterson reached a plea deal, pleading “no contest” to an injury-to-a-child misdemeanor.
Peterson, who pleaded no contest on Nov. 4 to a misdemeanor charge of injuring his 4-year-old son with a switch, can’t return to the Vikings until the NFL reviews the case. The Vikings have deferred to the league in the matter, noting in a statement Monday that “at this time his potential reinstatement is under NFL guidelines.”
Under terms of the collective bargaining agreement, an expedited grievance must be heard within seven days, and a ruling must be issued within five days following the hearing.
Cowboys activate Brent
The Cowboys activated defensive tackle Josh Brent, another step toward his return to the field almost two years after a drunken-driving crash that led to his conviction for intoxication manslaughter.
Brent was placed on the 53-man roster. The NFL granted his petition for reinstatement before the season but suspended him for 10 games.
Coach Jason Garrett hasn’t indicated when Brent will be ready to play. He says Brent, who has been practicing for two weeks, is overweight.
Around the league
The Jaguars placed receiver Allen Robinson on injured reserve with a broken right foot. The second-round draft pick from Penn State has been one of Jacksonville’s bright spots on offense this season with 48 receptions for 548 yards and two TDs. …The Bears waived former Steelers Super Bowl MVP receiver Santonio Holmes. He had eight receptions for 67 yards along with nine punt returns for 50 yards this season. … Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane will miss the rest of the season for the Seahawks after being placed on injured reserve following a hamstring injury in a win over the Giants. … The Cardinals re-signed quarterback Ryan Lindley to take the roster spot of injured Carson Palmer.