MINNESOTA PLACED ailing wide receiver Percy Harvin on injured reserve Wednesday, abruptly ending a season that began so well for one of the NFL's most versatile players.
Coach Leslie Frazier answered questions about Harvin's status cryptically and vaguely at his regular news conference, when he ruled Harvin out of practice again because of the severely sprained ankle that has kept him out of the last three games. Then about six hours later, the Vikings announced the move that declared their top pass-catcher done for the year.
During an outstanding first half that put him in the conversation for the league's Most Valuable Player award, Harvin's season sure deteriorated quickly. He was hurt 1 month ago. Now this.
Bad sprains don't normally take more than 4 to 6 weeks to fully heal, so it's possible the injury is worse than originally revealed, perhaps requiring surgery. Neither team officials nor players were available for comment on the decision.
The estate or guardian of the infant daughter of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, who killed her mother Kasandra Perkins before turning a gun on himself will receive more than $1 million under terms of the NFL's collective-bargaining agreement.
The 3-month-old daughter , Zoey, stands to receive $108,000 annually over the next 4 years, $48,000 in the fifth year and then $52,000 each year until age 18. She'll continue to receive that amount until age 23 if she attends college.
* New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow said he did "a lot more" in practice than he has the previous 2 weeks while healing from two broken ribs. Tebow said that despite being limited he was able to throw passes at full force for the first time in a few weeks. It's uncertain if he will be active for Sunday's game against Jacksonville.
* Seattle cornerback Brandon Browner dropped the appeal of his suspension for using performance-enhancing substances and will miss the final four games of the regular season.
He will be eligible to rejoin the team on Dec. 31 and able to play in the postseason should the Seahawks make the playoffs.
News broke after Seattle's loss at Miami on Nov. 25 that Browner and fellow starting cornerback, Richard Sherman, were both facing suspensions after testing positive for PEDs. Sherman is continuing with his plans to appeal and can continue to play while his suspension is being appealed.
* The Pro Football Hall of Fame collected the grass- and dirt-stained burgundy jersey and cleats worn by Robert Griffin III when he set the NFL single-season record for yards rushing by a rookie quarterback in Washington's win over the New York Giants. Griffin ran five times for 72 yards in the 17-16 victory Monday night, giving him 714 yards on the season and topping the mark of 706 set last year by Cam Newton.
* Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger returned to practice and appears on track to play against San Diego on Sunday.
Roethlisberger hasn't played since spraining his right shoulder and dislocating a rib in a 16-13 overtime victory over Kansas City on Nov. 12.