Adrian Peterson headed for CT scan on sprained foot

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Adrian Peterson believes he has

dodged a serious injury but is headed for another test to reveal the extent of

the right foot injury that knocked him out of Sunday’s game.

Peterson, in a walking boot, said Monday that tests have ruled

out a Lisfranc injury, which would have ended his season and he was scheduled

to have a CT scan later. Peterson said X-rays and a magnetic resonance imaging

test didn’t show any broken bones or torn ligaments.

“Of course, the X-ray is something they do that’s like

traditional when you have any type of injury during the game,” Peterson

said. “The CT looks at the bone in-depth. Just to be able to look at the

bone to make sure everything is good. Obviously the X-ray can show any type of

compound break or anything like that. That will show in the X-ray. Bu they do a

great job of making sure they’re able to diagnosis exactly what it is. We’re

just going through the protocol.”

Peterson, who has been playing through a groin injury the

past four weeks, was injured when Ravens’ linebacker Arthur Brown tried to

tackle him early in the second quarter on a pass. Brown fell on Peterson’s feet

and legs and Peterson rolled over in pain immediately. Peterson finished with

just 13 yards rushing on seven carries in the snowy conditions.

“Initially you don’t know exactly what’s going on when

you’re feeling it,” Peterson said. “That initial contact definitely

didn’t feel good. I was kind of worried. But kind of cleared up a little bit

after getting the MRI. I’ll see how things play out after the CT scan.”

Peterson said he expects to play on Sunday, but coach Leslie

Frazier said Peterson will also see a foot specialist to determine the extent

of the injury, which was initially diagnosed as a sprain, and when Peterson might

be able to return.

“Until I get more information this afternoon, it’s hard

to say,” Frazier said. “Hoping, as we all are, that he’s able to get

back on the field soon.”

Peterson said he was sore on Sunday, but was happy to hear a

Lisfranc injury has been ruled out, which would have ended his season and often

comes with a six-week or longer recovery.

“They ruled that out,” Peterson said. “Of

course that was one thing that will pop up in your mind. That’s one thing I

didn’t want to hear so it feels good to have that cleared out.”

Peterson entered the week as the league’s leading rusher,

but with 1,221 yards is now trailing Philadelphia’s LeSean McCoy (1,305 rushing

yards), who had 217 yards on Sunday. No 2,000-yard rusher, as Peterson was last

season, has ever led the league in rushing the following season.

With Minnesota (3-9-1) officially eliminated from the

playoffs, Frazier was asked if Peterson would be held out to heal completely

from the foot and groin injuries.

“Depending on what we find out, it will factor

in,” Frazier said. “We’ll find out more this afternoon and make a

decision from there. But you can’t ignore that fact.”

Backup Toby Gerhart is dealing with a hamstring injury,

which occurred on a 41-yard touchdown run that temporarily gave the Vikings the

lead in Sunday’s back-and-forth game.

“Depends on to what degree the hamstring injury is, and

we’ll know a little bit more on Wednesday when we get out and started moving

around a little bit,” Frazier said of Gerhart’s availability.

“Probably after that day, or maybe Thursday, we’ll have a better

idea.”

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