Peterson injury tops list in painful Vikings loss

Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings have returned from a

painful road trip.

Not only did the Vikings lose the lead Sunday in Baltimore three

times in the fourth quarter – including twice in the final 90

seconds – then saw their star running back and several other

players suffer significant injuries during the loss.

This excruciating season only has three weeks left.

Peterson walked through the Vikings locker room with a boot on

his right foot Monday on his way to get a CT scan. X-rays

previously revealed no broken bones. Peterson said the medical

staff has ruled out the type of Lisfranc injury that can keep a

player sidelined for months, rather than weeks. He also said he had

minimal swelling the day after the game.

Though he said he’s still sore, Peterson said he’s expecting to

play this weekend against Philadelphia.

”Nothing is torn. That’s always good,” he said.

Coach Leslie Frazier said the Vikings need to see how severe the

injury is before determining the status of their franchise

player.

Backup Toby Gerhart, who ran 15 times for 89 yards and one of

the those go-ahead touchdowns, hurt his hamstring and left the

game. Matt Asiata is next on the depth chart. Fullback Jerome

Felton didn’t hesitate to declare his candidacy for carries,

either.

”Nothing new to me. So if that’s the case, I’ll be ready,”

Felton said.

But wait, there’s more:

– Right guard Brandon Fusco, quietly having a solid year, hurt

his knee in the first quarter and didn’t return. Joe Berger filled

in.

– Tight end John Carlson left in the third quarter because of a

concussion. Starter Kyle Rudolph, who broke his foot six weeks ago,

was believed to be progressing toward a return, but the Vikings

placed him on season-ending injured reserve Monday.

– Cornerback Xavier Rhodes sprained his ankle in the fourth

quarter and was using crutches after the game. Cornerback Josh

Robinson isn’t ready to return from his broken sternum, so if

Rhodes is out this week the available cornerbacks after Chris Cook

will be Marcus Sherels, safety Robert Blanton and Shaun Prater.

– Also, the Vikings decided not to add wide receiver Greg Childs

to the active roster. He’ll stay on the physically unable to

perform list, still yet to play in an NFL game two seasons after

tearing the patellar tendon in both knees during an injury in

training camp last year.

Safety Harrison Smith is on track to return after missing two

months with a turf toe injury. Frazier said the team will decide

whether to activate him later this week.

Quarterback Christian Ponder, also, has passed his

post-concussion tests and will be cleared to practice and play this

week. Matt Cassel had a two-touchdown, turnover-free game against

the Ravens, but Frazier said he hasn’t decided who will start

against the Eagles.

On top of all the injuries, some Vikings felt the sting of

ice-filled snowballs hitting them on the sideline from Ravens fans,

which angered Peterson to the point he called them the worst in the

NFL on Twitter after the game. Frazier said he got hit in the back,

too.

”It was not specific to anyone. Anyone wearing purple. It’s not

what the league wants, not what anybody wants,” Frazier said.

The coach said the NFL called him unsolicited on Monday to

discuss calls during the game, some of which aided Ravens

touchdowns in the 29-26 victory. He wouldn’t discuss details.

The Vikings have endured a largely miserable season; nine of

their 13 games have essentially been decided in the final two

minutes or less. They’re 3-5-1 in those games.

”When the guys are playing as hard as they’re playing and

practicing and preparing the way they are and you don’t get a win,

it’s hard. It’s really hard,” Frazier said.

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