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NFL Notes: Saints trade Adrian Peterson to Cardinals

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NFL Notes: Saints trade Adrian Peterson to Cardinals

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Cardinals, with the worst rushing game in the NFL, have acquired running back Adrian Peterson from the New Orleans Saints in exchange for an undisclosed 2018 draft pick.

The 32-year-old Peterson has rushed for 11,828 yards and 97 touchdowns in his 10-plus pro seasons. The four-time All-Pro and seven-time Pro Bowl selection signed with the Saints during the offseason after spending his first 10 NFL seasons with the Minnesota Vikings.

Peterson has played sparingly with little success for New Orleans. He's gained 81 yards in 27 carries, an average of three yards per attempt with a long run of 11.

The Cardinals (2-3) are averaging a league-worst 51.8 yards per game and 2.6 yards per carry (see full story).

Vikings: Bradford injury not new, just wear and tear
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Another MRI on Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford's left knee has revealed no additional injury, after he was pulled early from the game at Chicago because of continued discomfort.

Vikings head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman said Tuesday that Bradford does not have any ligament damage or bone bruising, just aggravation of the wear and tear in the joint that has hampered him for the past four weeks.

It's a common condition, Sugarman said, for someone whose knee has undergone two ACL reconstructions.

The Vikings beat the Bears 20-17 behind a strong second-half performance by backup Case Keenum, who started the three previous games in place of Bradford.

Sugarman said there was unanimous confidence on the coaching and medical staffs that Bradford was well enough to start Monday, but Bradford went just 5 for 11 for 36 yards while taking four sacks in less than half of the game (see full story).

Giants: Beckham has surgery for broken left ankle
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Three-time Pro Bowl receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has had surgery for a broken left ankle.

The Giants announced Tuesday that Beckham had the surgery on Monday night in New York.

Beckham was hurt Sunday in the fourth quarter of a loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. The team said Monday that the surgery was planned for later in the week. It didn't explain the schedule change.

More surgery is expected on fellow wide receivers Brandon Marshall (ankle) and Dwayne Harris (broken foot) later Tuesday.

Marshall and Harris were injured Sunday in a game in which four Giants' receivers were hurt.

Sterling Shepard is day to day with an ankle injury.

Browns: Suspended WR Gordon details drug use, hopes for comeback
CLEVELAND -- Revealing he was scared for his life amid another drug relapse, suspended Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is making his case to be reinstated by the NFL.

Gordon detailed years of substance use, the depths of his addiction and his determination to turn his life around during a 13-minute video released Tuesday on the website Uninterrupted.

The former All-Pro who led the league in yards receiving in 2013 was indefinitely suspended by Commissioner Roger Goodell two years ago following another violation of the league's substance-abuse policy.

He's had numerous stints in rehab, --most of which he said he didn't take seriously. The 26-year-old Gordon can re-apply to the league this fall.

An NFL spokesman said the league had no comment on Gordon's status (see full story).

Eagles' Malcolm Jenkins writes Washington Post op-ed outlining goals for social change

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Eagles' Malcolm Jenkins writes Washington Post op-ed outlining goals for social change

Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins has been one of the more outspoken players in the NFL in recent years when it comes to talking about the social injustice he sees.

He has raised his fist during national anthem performances, journeyed to Capitol Hill, appeared on TV shows and worked within the community, among other things, to advocate for change.

The latest step in Jenkins’ mission is writing an op-ed, which appeared in Sunday’s edition of The Washington Post.

In the op-ed, Jenkins, the Eagles’ defensive captain, outlined his goals for change within America and what exactly he is doing and encouraging others to do to reach those goals.

Highlights include:
• Along with retired WR Anquan Boldin, the creation of a Players Coalition to voice for change within the criminal-justice system. The goal is to use the forum their voices have as pro athletes to bring the issue to the forefront of conversation.

• The push to change the money-bail system. Jenkins cites an example of a Houston man who was arrested and eventually had charges against him dropped, but was forced to spend two months in jail in the meantime as he was unable to afford bail.

• The push for clean-slate legislation in Pennsylvania that would seal nonviolent misdemeanors after 10 years. Jenkins referenced the case of a Philadelphia business owner who is unable to grow his business as misdemeanor convictions from 13 years ago have stigmatized him.

• Jenkins thanked Eagles teammate Chris Long for support, saying that while Long doesn’t necessarily agree with Jenkins putting his fist up for the national anthem, he agrees with Jenkins’ push for change. Jenkins and Long have traveled together around Philadelphia communities to explore, observe and try to find outlets for change.

Following last Sunday’s win over the Giants, Jenkins spoke at great length about the Eagles’ demonstration prior to the game, the need for change in the community and lashed out at President Donald Trump for recent comments.

Jenkins is not the only local athlete to speak out recently on these issues.

Flyers star winger Wayne Simmonds spoke out last week on the need to focus beyond kneeling and look deeper into the larger issues at hand.

Ben Simmons: Kids need a president who motivates, leads the right way

Ben Simmons: Kids need a president who motivates, leads the right way

CAMDEN, N.J. — Ben Simmons didn't mince words when expressing his views about President Trump. 

In an interview with FOX Sports Australia this week, Simmons stated, "If we were in Australia right now, a lot of people would call him a d---head, and that's how I personally feel."

On Wednesday, the Sixers' 21-year-old rookie explained what he would like people to take from his comments.

"I think everybody deserves respect, no matter what they do, who they are, how much they make," Simmons said. "You have young kids who look up to, who want to be the president one day and want to do great things, so you have to have somebody that motivates them and is the right leader. So for me growing up, I was able to witness certain presidents. But being from Australia, it's a whole different system.

"I believe there should be somebody who can motivate and push kids and push them toward their goals and dreams and whatever they want to do in them. I felt a certain way but I think the time will come when it's supposed to happen."

Simmons is not the only Sixer who has been vocal about his displeasure with the current state of politics.

On media day Monday, JJ Redick said, "I'm about as anti-Trump as you can get and I've been that way since the election." 

"I think what he's done in dividing us and his narrow-minded views are obviously not a good thing for the country," Jerryd Bayless added.