Vikings placed Adrian Peterson on the NFL's exempt/commissioner's permission list until his child-abuse case is resolved.
Under heavy public pressure after bungling the situation Monday, the Vikings caved. Now it's up to Peterson to get his legal issues resolved as soon as possible, face his punishment and get back on the field. All that is unlikely to happen anytime soon, leaving him out indefinitely (his first court hearing isn't even scheduled until October 8). Reliable yet plodding Matt Asiata will be the Vikings feature back for the foreseeable future, but freak talent Jerick McKinnon also needs to be owned.
The NFLPA has officially filed an appeal on Ray Rice's indefinite suspension.
"The NFLPA appeal is based on supporting facts that reveal a lack of a fair and impartial process, including the role of the office of the Commissioner of the NFL. We have asked that a neutral and jointly selected arbitrator hear this case as the Commissioner and his staff will be essential witnesses in the proceeding and thus cannot serve as impartial arbitrators," reads the statement. It's just a formality at this point. Rice's hearing should be held within 10 days. Even if his suspension is reduced, Rice won't be playing in the NFL this season.
Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence (foot, short-term I.R.) is off crutches and out of his walking boot.
Lawrence broke his foot in late July and isn't eligible to return to game action until Week 9. He's yet to begin running, but Lawrence is lifting weights. The Cowboys have just three sacks, but Pro Football Focus has surprisingly graded Dallas out as a top-three pass-rushing defense through two weeks.
Updating a previous item, Cardinals OLB John Abraham didn't pass through the concussion protocol Tuesday and will try again on Wednesday.
Abraham suffered the concussion in Week 1 and left the team to mull his future. He returned to the club Monday, but is yet to be symptom-free. The Cardinals took a flier on OLB Victor Butler Tuesday. Abraham remains day-to-day.
Coach Bruce Arians said Carson Palmer (shoulder) has a "nerve that just won't fire," and it "could be a day, or it could be a month" before he returns to the lineup.
It gels with what Arians said Monday. Palmer is anywhere from day-to-day to week-to-week. Consider him highly questionable for Week 3 against the 49ers at 4:05 PM ET. Drew Stanton will continue to start for however long Palmer is out. Stanton is merely a game manager with accuracy issues.
Lamar Miller (ankle) practiced on Tuesday.
The Dolphins don't issue official injury reports for their Tuesday sessions, but it obviously puts Miller on track to start Sunday's game against the Chiefs. With Knowshon Moreno (elbow) out 4-8 weeks, Miller is getting yet another chance to establish himself as an RB2.
Falcons ILB Prince Shembo rotated series with starter Joplo Bartu in Atlanta's Week 2 loss to Cincinnati.
This wasn't a situation where one player was in the base and the other rotated in on passing downs. It was a straight up platoon, with the fourth-rounder playing 31 snaps to Bartu's 42. Shembo saw just 13 percent of the Falcons' defensive snaps in Week 1, so it would appear the Atlanta coaching staff's confidence in the rookie is growing.
Colts DL Arthur Jones (high-ankle sprain) is expected to miss 2-4 weeks.
It's a big loss for the Colts' undermanned front seven. Ricky Jean-Francois and Zach Kerr will pick up the bulk of Jones' lost snaps.