Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings. . .the best running back in the National Football League, if you're scoring at home (or even if you're all by yourself). . .had an MRI done earlier this week on the ankle he injured in the second quarter of Minnesota's victory this weekend over the Washington Redskins. Well, the results are in, and it confirms what we all thought. . .Peterson has an ankle sprain, but nothing worse than that.
According to Coach Frazier,
"Now, it's just a matter of what he can or can't do," Frazier said. Frazier indicated he believed Peterson had nothing more than a sprained ankle at his Monday news conference but said at the time the MRI was not complete.
So, Frazier was correct in his diagnosis. I'm guessing that Peterson is going to be a game-time decision on Sunday. Hopefully that decision will be that he's healthy enough to play, but after a fairly impressive showing against the Redskins, I'm more confident in Toby Gerhart's ability to carry the load than I was a week ago at this time. However, it would be nice to have both Peterson and Gerhart against a Buffalo Bills defense that is dead last in the National Football League against the run, allowing an average of a robust 167.4 yards per game on the ground.