NFL notebook: Denver kicker boots record 64-yard field goal
By Staff and Wire Reports
Published: Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 6:39 p.m.
Denver kicker Matt Prater kicked an NFL-record 64-yard field goal as the first half expired in the Broncos' game against Tennessee on Sunday.
Prater's kick on a clear day in 14-degree weather with nary a hint of wind barely cleared the crossbar. He and holder Britton Colquitt jumped in jubilation as their teammates rushed into the tunnel for halftime.
The record-breaking kick cut Tennessee's lead to 21-20 at the break.
The 64-yarder bested the record of 63 set by New Orleans' Tom Dempsey in 1970 and tied by Denver's Jason Elam in 1998, Oakland's Sebastian Janikowski in 2011 and San Francisco's David Akers last season.
Janikowski's and Elam's kicks also came in Denver's thin air.
Vikings RB Peterson injures foot
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will have an MRI on his right foot after he was forced out of Sunday's game against the Ravens.
Peterson, the NFL's leading rusher, left in the second quarter after being tackled on an icy field.
“I really don't know too much about it. I'll find out more (Monday) after I get my MRI done, but yeah, mid-foot sprain,” said Peterson, who was limping but without crutches after Minnesota's 29-26 loss. “We did X-rays, and it came back pretty clear.”
Report: Gronkowski suffers torn ACL
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski left Sunday's game against Cleveland with a potentially serious knee injury in the third quarter.
NFL.com reported the Woodland Hills graduate suffered a torn right ACL.
Gronkowski was motionless on the field after being tackled by Browns safety T.J. Ward following a 21-yard catch.
Coach Bill Belichick said after the game that Gronkowski went to a hospital for observation. The Pro Bowler will have an MRI on Monday, according to NFL.com.
McCoy breaks Eagles' rushing mark
Snowy conditions didn't slow down Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, who broke the franchise record with 217 rushing yards in a 34-20 win over the visiting Lions.
The Pitt product scored on touchdown runs of 57 and 40 yards. He ran for 148 yards in the fourth quarter, and broke Hall of Famer Steve Van Buren's mark of 205 yards rushing against the Steelers on Nov. 27, 1949.
“It was tough, to be honest,” McCoy said. “But the guys were giving me so much room. I actually like to run in between the tackles.”
The Lions, meanwhile, were without their top running back after Reggie Bush fell on the snowy Lincoln Financial Field during pregame warmups and reinjured his calf.
Local man wins $13K in fantasy football
Nick Karlo, a 32-year-old from the South Side, won $13,000 after competing in a one-day fantasy football competition in Las Vegas staged by the website FanDuel.
Karlo, who qualified from more than 6,000 entrants, finished 18th out of 50 fantasy players. The total purse was $3 million. The top prize was worth $1 million.
“My goal going in was to beat at least half the guys here,” he said. “I'm happy.”
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