NFL roundup: Latest league news from Friday, Sept. 17

Everson Griffen is in the concussion protocol as a result of an unusual occurrence.

The veteran edge rusher will not play Sunday due to a concussion sustained in a car accident Thursday morning. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer told reporters Griffen swerved to avoid hitting a deer, resulting in the accident.

Griffen played 28 snaps (41.2 percent) in Minnesota's Week 1 overtime loss to Cincinnati and did not record a tackle. At 33 years old, the four-time Pro Bowler is a depth defender who will play a rotational role within Minnesota's defense. He'll be unavailable for a week following his off-field accident.

Joining Griffen on the sideline are linebacker Anthony Barr (knee), tackle Christian Darrisaw (groin) and cornerback Harrison Hand (hamstring). Linebacker Eric Kendricks (quadriceps) is questionable.

Injuries/COVID-19

Roster signings

  • The Los Angeles Chargers signed offensive lineman Michael Schofield.
  • The Carolina Panthers signed veteran cornerback Rashaan Melvin, who'd been with the team throughout the offseason, to their practice squad.
  • The Washington Football Team signed wide receivers Marken Michel and Dalton Schoen to the practice squad.
  • The Tennessee Titans signed kicker Ryan Santoso to the practice squad.
  • The New Orleans Saints re-signed linebacker Wynton McManis to the practice squad and signed fullback Alex Armah to the main roster from the practice squad.

Roster cuts

  • The Carolina Panthers released cornerback John Brannon from the practice squad.
  • The Washington Football Team released offensive tackle Evin Ksiezarczyk.
  • The Tennessee Titans release tackle Christian DiLauro from the practice squad.

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