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