Whatever else happens this afternoon between the Ravens and Vikings, the story of the game will still be the same: Adrian Peterson suffered an ankle injury on the snowy, icy Baltimore field and had to be carted to the locker room. That is all anyone will care about, regardless of the final score.
At halftime Peterson was taken to a local hospital to undergo an MRI, ending his day.
The injury looked very serious initially. Peterson lay on the frozen sideline writhing in obvious pain, clutching his right ankle. Peterson was later seen by reporters attempting to walk off the injury, raising hopes that the situation was not serious. After first waving off the cart, Peterson was persuaded by Vikings medical staff to ride to the locker room.
Peterson was listed as questionable at first. He was later downgraded to doubtful. Then his status went officially to out when the decision was made to remove him from the stadium to get an MRI on the ankle.
The significance of the Vikings’ decision to get Peterson an MRI right away? We can only speculate. Normally such scans are put off until the next day, but the Vikings may have been concerned that the bad Baltimore weather would prevent them from getting out of town tonight or tomorrow, so they decided to just get Peterson checked out.
The game has been a miserable slog thanks to the bad field conditions, and it only got more miserable when Adrian went down. Right now we don’t know the severity of the injury. Leslie Frazier will update the media after the game, and we’ll see where we are.