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NFL Notes: Kickoffs, Eagles & Vikings

Kickoffs

Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen report that the NFL has been inquiring with coaches and special teams coaches about what the game would be like if it eliminated the kickoff.

However, the NFL is reportedly no closer to eliminating the kickoff, due in large part to the fact that they’ve been unable to find an adequate substitute for an onside kick, which gives a team the chance of stealing a possession.

Eagles

An NFL GM tells Adam Schefter the Eagles would be wise to threaten to fine first-round QB Carson Wentz if he continues to take big hits, considering his importance to the team.

“If they could threaten to fine [Wentz] $10,000 for not protecting himself when he’s escaping a pass rush, they should do it,” the GM said. “He’s that valuable to them. That goes for a lot of these quarterbacks, but it’s the way he played in college, and it can’t continue.”

Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings announced Thursday morning that RB Adrian Peterson underwent successful surgery to repair his torn meniscus.

“Adrian Peterson had a successful lateral meniscus repair this morning. The surgery was performed by team physician Chris Larson at Twin Cities Orthopedics. There were no additional injuries or issues noted in or surrounding the knee joint during the surgical procedure. The rehabilitation process will begin immediately.”

The Vikings said nothing of the report from ESPN on Wednesday that Peterson also had a torn LCL.