Los Angeles Times
Zimmer has eye surgery
Minnesota Vikings Coach Mike Zimmer had emergency eye surgery Wednesday night, about a month after he had an initial procedure to repair a torn retina. Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said Zimmer was having the operation and was not certain to recover in time for the team’s game against Dallas on Thursday night. Spielman said there was a contingency plan in place in case Zimmer is unable to coach Thursday.
Siemian is in a boot
Denver quarterback Trevor Siemian was held out of practice Wednesday because of a foot injury he suffered in the Broncos’ 3027 overtime loss to Kansas City on Sunday. Coach Gary Kubiak said Siemian was placed in a walking boot and is listed as day to day.
Kubiak also revealed after practice that rookie fullback Andy Janovich had season-ending surgery on his left ankle, which he injured on the first play of the game but stayed in and played 31 more snaps.
Falcons lose two key defenders
An Atlanta Falcons defense already having to adjust to losing its top cornerback for the season now also must compensate for the loss of one of its top pass rushers.
Coach Dan Quinn said defensive end Adrian Clayborn, who is second on the team with 41⁄2 sacks, will miss at least two weeks after having surgery on his left knee.
Clayborn suffered the injury in Sunday’s 38-19 win over Arizona.
The loss of Clayborn came a day after cornerback Desmond Trufant was placed on injured reserve with a torn pectoral muscle that forced him to sit out the last two weeks.
Andrew Luck took the next step in the concussion protocol by returning to full workouts at the Indianapolis Colts’ headquarters. If he is cleared by an independent doctor following practice, the franchise quarterback could start Monday night against the New York Jets . ... Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said he will have no limitations this week because of the injured pinkie on his throwing hand that forced him to miss a series Sunday in the team’s win over Carolina . ... Buffalo Bills receiver Sammy Watkins was a late scratch from practice after complaining about soreness in his surgically repaired left foot. It was not known whether it would affect his status for Sunday, when Buffalo plays at Oakland . ... Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Leon Orr has been cut after his arrest on drug charges in Florida. Coach Adam Gase said the team cut Orr on Wednesday after learning of the arrest. A Collier County, Fla., Sheriff ’s Office arrest report said deputies stopped Orr on Tuesday afternoon. Deputies reported they could smell marijuana and that a search turned up marijuana wax and a substance labeled “Kush Syrup.” Orr was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor marijuana possession and felony possession of a controlled substance. He was released on $7,000 bail . ... Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews has an injured left shoulder suffered on a crunching first-quarter block from Philadelphia lineman Allen Barbre on Monday night. Matthews called Barbre’s hit a cheap shot. Matthews and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers ( left hamstring) are expected to play Sunday against Houston.