Vikings activate Bradford from injured reserve
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.