UPDATE IV: One more update to pass along on the Peterson injury. While Peterson didn’t return against the Redskins, he told NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora following the game he felt fine and didn’t think the injury is serious.
UPDATE III: The Vikings have downgraded Peterson to “questionable” to return against the Redskins. Vikings starting DE Ray Edwards, who limped off the field just before halftime, also is out of the game because of an ankle injury and is questionable to return. Brian Robison has replaced Edwards.
UPDATE II: Still no Peterson for the Vikings, as Gerhart starts the second half. It doesn’t bode well for the Vikings that Peterson wasn’t able to loosen up the ankle during halftime.
UPDATE: Peterson didn’t return on the Vikings’ next series, but he is on the sideline with his helmet on, looking ready to go. As the game approaches halftime, the Vikings are sticking with Gerhart.
Adrian Peterson is seeing a heavy workload in interim coach Leslie Frazier’s first game at the helm of the Vikings, but it has to be cause for concern that the running back limped off the field with an apparent right ankle injury at FedEx Field.
Peterson came up hobbling following a 1-yard run on the first play of the Vikings’ second series of the second quarter. Replays weren’t conclusive, but it appeared a player landed on Peterson’s right leg as he was brought down. He wasn’t able to put much weight on the leg as he came off.
Because it’s Peterson, here’s guessing he finds a way back into the game. Until then, Toby Gerhart gets the call. We’ll see if Peterson returns on the Vikings’ next series, and if so, how the ankle impacts him the rest of the day.