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Vikings Place Patrick Peterson on Injured Reserve


EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings will be without their most-experienced cornerback for the next few weeks.

Minnesota announced Monday that Patrick Peterson is going on Injured Reserve, a move that will force him to miss at least three games.

Peterson played 62 snaps but dealt with cramping issues late in the Vikings 34-28 overtime win over the Panthers in Week 6.

Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer said Monday that Peterson has a hamstring injury, but doesn't believe it will be season-ending.

View photos of the Vikings 53-man roster as of Jan. 5, 2022.

He was helped from the field late in the fourth quarter after defending a deep pass down the Panthers sideline intended for DJ Moore that fell incomplete.

Peterson, an eight-time Pro Bowler who joined the Vikings this offseason, has recorded a pair of passes defensed in six starts so far in 2021.

The Vikings likely will now turn to the duo of Bashaud Breeland and Cameron Dantzler on the outside.

"Yeah, I feel fine," Zimmer said about the status at cornerback. "Patrick has played really well. We'll miss him, for sure. But Dantzler has done decent and so has Breeland."

Breeland played 61 snaps and recorded his first interception as a Viking. Dantzler, who started 10 games as a rookie in 2020, was on the field for 25 snaps in a rotational role Sunday.

Minnesota also has cornerback Mackensie Alexander, who led the group with 65 snaps against Carolina but primarily plays in the slot.

The Vikings also have Kris Boyd on the current roster. Harrison Hand is still currently on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.

Minnesota also announced it promoted tackle Blake Brandel from the practice squad to the active roster.