Adrian Peterson has yet to miss a game since returning from his 2011 knee blow-out, but that is going to change this week by all indications. A highly-placed source says it’s likely Adrian will not play this weekend against Philadelphia as he recovers from a mid-foot sprain suffered during Sunday’s loss to Baltimore.
After multiple scans of the injured foot, doctors have been able to rule out a Lisfranc injury. It’s also been reported that Peterson will not require surgery. Adrian is currently in a walking boot and doctors can’t really do any more until the boot is removed.
Peterson himself has said he intends to play this weekend, but obviously if doctors don’t clear him, he can’t play. And even if doctors do clear him, the prevailing opinion is that the Vikings would be wiser to shut Peterson down at least for this week if not the rest of the season.
Sitting Peterson might be a tough sell to Leslie Frazier, Bill Musgrave and the rest of the coaching staff as those guys battle for their jobs. Who wants their fate in the hands of Toby Gerhart with just three games standing between them and unemployment?
Speaking of Gerhart, the backup might not exactly be 100% this weekend either. Gerhart suffered a hamstring injury against Baltimore and we’re still waiting to find out where he is at physically. Matt Asiata is the #3 running back. A Scottie Graham-type off-the-street signing could be in the offing for the Vikes if Peterson and Gerhart are both unable to go.