Panthers monitoring protests, Floyd has surgery 23 Sep 16

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — While the Carolina Panthers are still planning to host the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, team officials say they will continue to monitor the ongoing violent protests that have gripped the city.

Governor Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency in Charlotte on Wednesday night and has sent the National Guard in to help restore peace.

Panthers president Danny Morrison said in a statement Thursday that the team is “in contact with government officials, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and the NFL. We are continuing to monitor events as we prepare for Sunday’s home game.”

What began as a peaceful protest Wednesday night led to more rioting and looting in the city Wednesday night with one person shot and four police officers injured.

The Panthers (1-1) have won 14 straight home games.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Thursday, leaving his availability in question for the immediate future.

Coach Mike Zimmer says Floyd had a “cleanup” procedure to address a cartilage issue in his knee that had been causing some discomfort. Floyd missed four games last season after having a similar procedure on his left knee.

It’s the latest in a long line of injuries for the Vikings this season. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, running back Adrian Peterson and left tackle Matt Kalil are all out for the long term after needing surgeries.

Floyd was the starter alongside Linval Joseph on the interior of the Vikings defensive line. But Zimmer has been frustrated at times with his inability to stay on the field.

The Vikings (2-0) play at Carolina (1-1) on Sunday.