Vikings place cornerback Patrick Peterson on IR with hamstring injury

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The Minnesota Vikings will be without cornerback Patrick Peterson for at least three games after placing him on injured reserve on Monday.

Head coach Mike Zimmer told reporters the star corner suffered a right hamstring injury in Sunday's game. Zimmer said he doesn't think the injury is season-threatening. The Vikings will now go to Bashaud Breeland and Cameron Dantzler at the corners.

"Patrick's played really well. We'll miss him for sure, but Dantzler's done decent, and so has Breeland," Zimmer told reporters.

Peterson left game with 'cramping'

Patrick Peterson
Patrick Peterson will miss at least three games while on injured reserve. (Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

The eight-time Pro Bowler left the Vikings' Week 6 game against the Carolina Panthers with what the team said was cramping. He needed help leaving the field late in the fourth quarter after a deep incomplete pass down the sideline for the Panthers' DJ Moore. 

Peterson did not put any weight on his right foot initially, but used it more as he made it closer to the sideline, Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune reported.  

He played 62 snaps in the 34-28 overtime win. Peterson has been named to the Pro Bowl in eight of his nine seasons out of LSU and was named to the All-Pro team in 2011, 2013 and 2015 while with the Arizona Cardinals. 

It's his first season with the Vikings after he signed a one-year, $10 million contract in free agency. He has never missed a game due to injury in his career and has 10 tackles and two passes defended in six games this season. 

Minnesota has an open week before hosting the Dallas Cowboys on Halloween night. Peterson will also miss games against the Baltimore Ravens and Los Angeles Chargers. The earliest he can return is Nov. 21 against the Green Bay Packers. 

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