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Patriots waive Kai Forbath, 4th kicker of season

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The New England Patriots waived kicker Kai Forbath on Monday, a source tells ESPN’s Field Yates.

Forbath had been signed to replace Nick Folk, who had an appendectomy last week and was released Friday.

Folk still had a locker set up in the Patriots facility after his release, and the expectation was that he could return to the team later in the season.

Forbath missed an extra point Sunday night in the Patriots’ loss to the Houston Texans, and also made a chip-shot, 23-yard field goal and one extra-point attempt.

Forbath was the fourth kicker the Patriots had used this season.

Stephen Gostkowski, who was in his 14th season with the Patriots, was placed on season-ending injured reserve on Oct. 2 and had surgery for a left hip injury.

The Patriots first signed Mike Nugent to take Gostkowski’s place, but he was ineffective, missing three of eight field-goal attempts and one point-after in four games.

Nugent was released Oct. 29 and the Patriots brought in Folk, who connected on 7 of 9 field goals he attempted and made all three of his PATs.

The Patriots also claimed defensive tackle Albert Huggins off waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles, a source told Yates.

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Group of Seahawks overcome flu bug vs. Vikings: ‘It was legit’

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SEATTLE — Seahawks cornerback Tre Flowers and receiver David Moore went from puking to producing Monday night.

Those two were among the players hit hardest by a flu bug that started making its way through the Seahawks locker room midway through last week. They combined to lose at least 22 pounds by their counts, then made two of the biggest plays of the Seahawks’ 37-30 win over the Minnesota Vikings: an interception by Flowers and a 60-yard touchdown reception by Moore.

Six Seahawks were listed on the final injury report of the week with an illness. Several of them were sent home. Flowers stuck around and practiced with an antiviral facemask covering his mouth. At one point Wednesday, he vomited in a garbage can between plays.

“That’s the first time I’ve ever seen somebody do that — practice with a mask,” linebacker K.J. Wright said. “But he battled. He was sick, but he came back and got his IVs and made it happen.”

Moore didn’t practice Friday or Saturday. The Seahawks had Thursday off for Thanksgiving.

“It was on Thanksgiving Day. I was just like, screw this,” said Moore, who said he lost at least 10 pounds. “I couldn’t eat. That’s one of my favorite holidays too because of … the food. I just felt bad. I couldn’t eat my mom’s foot. I felt sorry for her.”

Flowers said he lost about 12 pounds, and he was sniffling between responses while talking to reporters postgame. He didn’t eat much on Thanksgiving, either.

“Thanksgiving was only one plate for me,” Flowers said. “It was bad. My mom’s here now, though. She’s cooking, so I’m going to get it all back. I’m going to try to tonight.”

Moore’s touchdown came in the closing seconds of the third quarter, when he got wide-open behind cornerback Xavier Rhodes on an apparent coverage bust. That pushed Seattle’s lead to 27-17. Moore’s other catch went for 5 yards.

Tyler Lockett, who was among the sick Seahawks, was held without a catch on three targets.

“It was pretty bad,” quarterback Russell Wilson said. “I don’t know if we’ve ever had that many guys miss practice and go home. Not just miss practice but have to go home for it. So it’s that time of year, I guess. But I thought all the guys played great. … You saw David Moore step in and just make a huge play for us, tremendous play. Tyler didn’t get the ball tonight unfortunately, but we were trying to get it to him, and they were just trying to stop him, but it opened up a lot of other guys.”

Defensive tackle Poona Ford, linebacker Shaquem Griffin and backup guard Jordan Roos were the other three Seahawks listed with an illness. Ford started the game, and Griffin played special teams and on defense as a situational edge rusher.

“I know a lot of teams had this flu thing, and it was legit,” coach Pete Carroll said. “Our guys did it beautifully because they really managed the attitude part of it, and I’m really thrilled about that because when you’re feeling that cruddy and that bad, and you’re throwing up and everything else you’re doing, it’s hard to have a good attitude. But these guys found a way, and guys contributed to helping them, and it was not a factor for us at all tonight. We played right through it.”

Flowers’ fourth-quarter interception of Kirk Cousins was his second pick in as many games and third this season to lead the team. He was a safety at Oklahoma State before converting to cornerback after Seattle drafted him in the fifth round last year.

“He’s really doing well,” Carroll said. “He’s playing better. He’s playing more complete a game, and his mentality is really strong, and he’s really believing in himself. It’s such a difficult position to play out there, and particularly for a guy that doesn’t have it in his history. He’s really grown into his own. He’s such a beautiful athlete, and he’s such a good competitor, and he’s a tough guy. It’s great to see him coming through and making it.”

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Vikings RB Dalvin Cook avoids serious injury to shoulder

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SEATTLE — Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook suffered an injury to his right shoulder in the third quarter of Monday night’s 37-30 loss to the Seattle Seahawks and did not return.

Cook was injured on the first play of the Vikings’ second drive after halftime. Upon receiving a hand-off at the 8:56 mark, Seattle defensive end Rasheem Green punched the ball free from Cook’s arm, forcing a fumble. Cook was tripped up and fell to the ground, where he remained for several minutes and looked to be in severe pain while being tended to by athletic trainers on the field.

“He just hit me right on what I had when we played the Broncos,” Cook said. “He hit me right on it when he went to punch for the ball. It was kind of like a different feeling. It was different. But he got me in a good spot.”

Cook took a hit to the same area ahead of halftime on a play where he notched his first of two fumbles.

“It’s a weird injury that I’ve got,” he said. “It’s kind of like when I land in an awkward spot, it hurts. So I kind of try to land to where it doesn’t hurt. So it was awkward the way I was landing. It’s a physical sport. At the end of the year, there’s some bumps and bruises, but I’ll be all right.

“No matter if I get injured or not, I can’t turn the ball over. I hold myself 1000% responsible for not turning the ball over. I pride myself on not turning the ball over. I can’t put myself in that situation when I turn the ball over. And that’s what they pride themselves on. You can’t give them gimmes. And I gave them a gimme before the half. I’ve got to take care of the football and I think we’ll be all right.”

Despite remaining on the sideline after being evaluated in the locker room, the running back said he felt like he could have returned to the game if needed but the team chose to keep him out for “precautionary” reasons.

“It’s a lot that we’ve got ahead of us,” Cook said. “The guys that are behind me, Alex [Mattison] and [Mike] Boone and Ameer [Abdullah], they’re top guys. They could be starting on somebody’s team. We’ve got a lot of trust in those guys. Alex came in and played a good game. Boone stepped in some plays. We just have to know what we have ahead of us. We have four crucial games ahead of us. I’ve got to be ready to go for those games. I was all-in for them holding me out and I’m looking forward to what we’ve got ahead of us.”

Cook noted that he’ll “definitely” be ready to play in Week 14 when the Vikings host the Detroit Lions.

Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs was also injured on the play but was able to return to the game on Minnesota’s following drive.

“I got rolled up on my leg,” Diggs said. “Little scared afterwards but I’m OK. I’m fine.”

Cook, the Vikings’ leading rusher, had nine carries for 29 yards and a touchdown along with three receptions for 35 yards.

Minnesota was already dealing with the absence of wide receiver Adam Thielen, who was ruled out Sunday with a lingering hamstring injury. Left tackle Riley Reiff was ruled out late in the third quarter with a concussion.

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Vikings RB Dalvin Cook injures shoulder against Seahawks

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SEATTLE — Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook suffered an injury to his right shoulder in the third quarter of Monday night’s game against the Seahawks and did not return.

Cook was injured on the first play of the Vikings’ second drive after halftime. Upon receiving a handoff at the 8:56 mark, Seattle defensive end Rasheem Green punched the ball free from Cook’s arm, forcing a fumble. Cook was tripped up and fell to the ground, where he remained for several minutes and looked to be in apparent pain while being tended to by athletic trainers on the field.

Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs was also injured on the play but was able to return to the game on Minnesota’s following drive. Cook went straight back to the locker room but later returned to the sideline.

Cook, the Vikings’ leading rusher, had nine carries for 29 yards and a touchdown along with three receptions for 35 yards.

Minnesota was already dealing with the absence of wide receiver Adam Thielen, who was ruled out Sunday with a lingering hamstring injury. Left tackle Riley Reiff was ruled out late in the third quarter with a concussion.

The Vikings lost 37-30 and are now 8-4 on the season.

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