Vik­ings ac­ti­vate Brad­ford from in­jured re­serve

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - SPORTS - FROM WIRE RE­PORTS

The Min­nesota Vik­ings have ac­ti­vated former Put­nam City North and OU star quar­ter­back Sam Brad­ford from in­jured re­serve, putting their orig­i­nal starter this sea­son on the ros­ter be­fore their first play­off game.

The Vik­ings waived tight end Kyle Carter on Satur­day to make room for Brad­ford, who last played at Chicago on Oct. 9 and re­turned to prac­tice last week af­ter re­cov­er­ing from a left knee in­jury. The Vik­ings host

New Or­leans on Sun­day.

Brad­ford was stel­lar in the open­ing win against the Saints, but un­able to play the fol­low­ing week. Case Keenum started the next three games. Brad­ford was back for the Bears game, but hob­bled around in the first half be­fore be­ing pulled for Keenum.

Teddy Bridge­wa­ter and Kyle Sloter give the Vik­ings four quar­ter­backs on the ac­tive ros­ter.

Tex­ans hire new GM, ex­tend coach O'Brien

The Hous­ton Tex­ans have hired Brian Gaine as gen­eral man­ager and ex­tended the con­tract of coach Bill O'Brien through 2022.

The team an­nounced the deals Satur­day. Gaine signed a five-year con­tract and O'Brien was ex­tended for four years.

Gaine brings 19 years of NFL per­son­nel ex­pe­ri­ence to Hous­ton. He spent the 2017 sea­son as the Buf­falo Bills' vice pres­i­dent of player per­son­nel. He also served as the Tex­ans' di­rec­tor of player per­son­nel from 2015-16 and di­rec­tor of pro per­son­nel in 2014.

Gaine re­places Rick Smith, who is tak­ing an ex­tended leave of ab­sence due to his wife's breast cancer di­ag­no­sis. Smith will re­tain the ti­tle of ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent.

Pan­thers LB Davis to re­tire af­ter 2018 sea­son

Carolina Pan­thers line­backer Thomas Davis says the 2018 sea­son will be his last.

Davis con­firmed his de­ci­sion dur­ing an ap­pear­ance on NFL Net­work on Fri­day.

Davis said he made his de­ci­sion when the team signed him to a con­tract ex­ten­sion through 2018. He said he had been seek­ing an ex­ten­sion through 2019.

Davis, 34, was Carolina's first-round draft pick in 2005 and has spent his en­tire ca­reer with the Pan­thers.

49ers LB Foster ar­rested on mar­i­juana charge

San Fran­cisco 49ers line­backer Reuben Foster is free on bond af­ter his ar­rest in Alabama on a charge of sec­ond-de­gree pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana.

The Tuscaloosa News re­ports the 23-year-old, who just fin­ished his rookie sea­son, was ar­rested about 9 p.m. Fri­day.

Tuscaloosa Po­lice, in a news re­lease Satur­day, ac­knowl­edged of­fi­cers en­coun­tered Foster and "found prob­a­ble cause to ar­rest him." The re­lease did not ad­dress whether he was pulled over, why po­lice sus­pected he had mar­i­juana or how much they say he had.

The former Alabama line­backer was a first-round pick in last year's NFL draft.

Foster started all 10 games he played in this sea­son and posted 72 tack­les.

He was the NFL's De­fen­sive Rookie of the Month in Novem­ber.

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