After being a healthy scratch in Week 1, there’s a bit of controversy stirring up around the former Minnesota Vikings running back this week.
During his 10 years with the Minnesota Vikings, Adrian Peterson was never inactive for the team’s very first game of the season. Even when he tore his ACL late in 2011, Peterson was still ready in time to suit up for the Vikings’ season-opener in 2012.
Now in his 13th year in the NFL, the former Minnesota running back is currently a member of the Washington Redskins. Most figured Peterson would at least have a small role in the Redskins’ offense during their Week 1 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, but that wasn’t the case.
Instead, the former Vikings running back was a healthy scratch against the Eagles and apparently, it wasn’t something that the Washington locker room was very happy about.
The Redskins ended up losing to Philadelphia (despite Case Keenum’s 380 passing yards) and after the game, Washington head coach Jay Gruden was asked about the decision to not have Peterson be active.
"“He’s a first- and second-down back. So is Derrius (Guice). So, really, what do we have? About 20 first downs a game. Probably eight of those are passes, 12 of those might be runs, and Derrius can handle those 12.So if we have a game where we think we can run the ball 55 times in a game in an I-formation, then sure, I’ll get (Peterson) up.”"
Gruden definitely didn’t hold back on his explanation. But his comments shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise since he reportedly did not want to keep the former Minnesota running back on the Redskins’ regular season roster this year.
However, not playing Peterson might not be an option for Washington over the next few weeks. During their loss to the Eagles, Redskins starting running back Derrius Guice suffered a knee injury that is expected to keep him out for a little while.
So less than 24 hours after pretty much saying Peterson is worthless to the team this season, Gruden will likely have to keep the veteran running back active for Washington’s Week 2 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys.
Sounds like it’s going to be a fun year for the Redskins.