AP Practices With Vikes
(AP) — Vikings running back Adrian Peterson practiced Thursday while wearing a brace to support his surgically-repaired right knee.
Head coach Mike Zimmer said Peterson participated in a full practice. Peterson didn't hold firm to any return date, but acknowledged his hope of being back on Dec. 24 against the rival Green Bay Packers.
The 7-6 Packers are battling the Giants, Redskins and Buccaneers for an NFC wild-card berth despite Peterson's 11-game absence.
In other NFL news:
— The New England Patriots have claimed wide receiver Michael Floyd off waivers, giving Tom Brady a big, experienced target. Floyd was Arizona's first-round draft pick in 2012 but was released by the team this week after he was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and failure to obey a police officer. He had 33 catches for 446 yards and four touchdowns with the Cardinals this season, but had several critical drops.
— Browns offensive lineman Alvin Bailey has been suspended without pay for two games by the NFL for a substance violation. Bailey was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated on Sept. 26, hours after the team returned from an overtime loss in Miami.