MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _Minnesota Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson has been placed on injured reserve.

He hurt his hamstring against Carolina and must miss a minimum of three games. The injury is not believed to be season-ending.

That means Peterson is expected to return at some point during the second half of the schedule. The Vikings are 3-3 entering their bye week.

Peterson was hurt Sunday on the first play of the game-tying touchdown drive by the Panthers. He was covering D.J. Moore on a deep pass that fell incomplete.

Peterson is in his first year with the Vikings.

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