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NFL running back Peterson injures ankle

It was a rough day for a couple of the NFL’s top running backs as Buffalo’s Fred Jackson and Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson each left their games with injuries Sunday.

Peterson left the Vikings’ 27-21 loss to Oakland early in the second quarter after a nifty 12-yard run. He lost the shoe on his right foot during the run and his left ankle rolled grotesquely as he was pulled down from behind by a couple of Raiders defenders.

Peterson was scheduled to have an MRI exam today to make sure there was no more damage after X-rays came back negative, but Peterson said he hoped to play Sunday at Atlanta.

Jackson, who began the day leading the league in rushing, sat out much of the second half of the Bills’ 35-8 loss at Miami with a bruised right calf. X-rays were negative.

Oakland also lost running back Taiwan Jones (EWU) to a hamstring injury.

Report claims Cutler has broken thumb

The Chicago Tribune is reporting Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler broke his right thumb during Sunday’s 31-20 victory over the San Diego Chargers and will miss six to eight weeks.

The Bears declined comment. Cutler’s agent, Bus Cook, did not return messages from the Associated Press.

The Tribune reported Cutler was injured trying to prevent a touchdown on a 64-yard interception return by San Diego’s Antoine Cason in the fourth quarter.

Oakland Raiders coach Hue Jackson says he has held his tongue long enough when it comes to NFL officiating.

Jackson ripped the officiating crew after the Raiders beat the Vikings to improve to 6-4 on the season. Jackson says he “truly felt like it was a little unfair” when it came to some of the plays his team was flagged for in the game.

“I know everyone says we’re the most-penalized team in football and that’s a fact, and I’m not running from that,” Jackson said. “But there’s no way, some things that happened today on that football field, I question. I just do, and I have to, and I’m going to defend my team.”

The Raiders were penalized 12 times for 117 yards.

49ers’ Goldson ejected for punch

Safety Dashon Goldson was ejected from the 49ers’ game against Arizona after getting into a fight and punching Cardinals wide receiver Early Doucet in the fourth quarter Sunday.

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