Tag:Toby Gerhart
Posted on: February 21, 2012 11:53 am

AP heard 'pop-pop-pop' on ACL, knew 'immediately'

Peterson says he knew he tore his ACL 'immediately.' (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Late in the 2011 season, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson suffered a gruesome-looking injury that immediately looked like it would require surgery and shut him down for the year. It was, in fact, a season-ending ACL tear.

And Peterson knew it immediately too. He said on the Dan Patrick Show Tuesday that he both heard and felt the injury when it happened.

"Immediately I knew my ACL was tore and just wanted to see what else I had damaged," Peterson said. "I heard three pops -- it was real quick, 'pop-pop-pop. And I definitely felt it."

Peterson recently said he'd start running on February 28, and told Patrick he was "not yet"able to run yet, but was optimistic about his recovery for the beginning of 2012 and said he was ahead of his rehabilitation schedule.

"Right now my goal is to be back for the first regular season game," Peterson said. "That's my goal. The recovery time for an ACL is eight-to-nine months so right now I'm ahead of schedule. So I'm just trying to be patient and not overdo myself. But it's going good so far."

Recovering in time for the next year from an ACL tear that occurred at the end of one season is an aggressive timeline. It's precisely why Peterson had surgery immediately after the injury occurred.

But Peterson is a special athlete and it's entirely plausible that he'll be recovered in time for the start of 2012 year (this is precisely why we took him in the second round of our first offseason mock draft in a CBS experts league).

The Vikings should learn a good lesson from Peterson's last recovery, though. When you're dealing with a franchise running back, there's really no need to rush him onto the field. The results can be disastrous.

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Posted on: December 16, 2011 12:04 pm
Edited on: December 16, 2011 4:16 pm

Adrian Peterson returning 'for my fantasy owners'

By Will Brinson

There's very few good reasons for Adrian Peterson to return to the Vikings lineup. The team is 2-11, long since mathematically eliminated from the playoffs and the last thing they want is for AP to suffer a long-term injury.

But Peterson, who missed the last three games with a high ankle sprain, is coming back anyway and he's doing it for the unlikeliest of reasons: his fantasy owners.

"It's very important, especially for my fantasy team owners," Peterson half-joked, per our Vikings Rapid Reporter Joe Oberle. "They've been giving me a hard time on Twitter. Being out sucks."

The Vikes running back said he's not "100 percent" but still feels like he's healthy enough to get on the field and make a difference.

"I wouldn’t say I am 100 percent, but I would say I am good enough to play," Peterson said, per Oberle. "I’m feeling good, just going through the preparation during the week. I will recover a couple of days and be ready to roll."

Peterson's fantasy owners can't be too angry with him; he's a top-five running back in CBSSports.com standard scoring leagues this year, despite missing four weeks. And because he actually live up to his contract in the offseason, he didn't cause a bunch of owners to bail on their season with an embarrassing start (ahem, Chris Johnson).

Still, owners want more. They always do. And they're willing to offer, well, anything in order to increase Peterson's production.

"They'll say, 'Will you please [play]. I'll send my wife down to visit you,'" Peterson said per Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "Sometimes, it's like, wow. Some of the things I read on there is crazy."

That kind of sounds like the worst remake of Indecent Proposal ever, doesn't it? (And for the record, fantasy owners almost never offer these same incentives to fantasy experts; they just tell you that you're stupid and are always wrong regardless of the outcome.)

Whatever, it's cool to see that Peterson embraces the whole business of fantasy football, even if he's mostly joking and doesn't actually play.

And given that Peterson's going against the Saints, who give up a fourth-worst in the NFL 4.9 yards per carry, you should probably make sure you start him.

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Posted on: December 11, 2011 11:52 am

Adrian Peterson out, Christian Ponder starting

By Will Brinson

Well here's an odd combination for the Vikings on Sunday: running back Adrian Peterson is inactive against the Lions with a high ankle sprain, but rookie quarterback Christian Ponder will start despite dealing with a hip pointer.

Via our Vikings Rapid Reporter Joe Oberle, cornerback Chris Cook, linebacker Xavier Adibi, center Brandon Fusco, tackle DeMarcus Love, tight end Allen Reisner and defensive end D'Aundre Reed are also inactive for Minnesota.

Peterson's absence -- coupled with Ponder starting -- is odd because Ponder is understandably more effective (and safer!) when Peterson is available to carry the load against opposing defenses.

Instead, Toby Gerhart will get the nod as starter for the Vikings, and is likely to see a substantial number of carries on Sunday.

Joe Webb could also see plenty of action for the Vikings; if Ponder stumbles out of the gate and/or re-aggravates his hip injury, Webb will step in to take snaps for the Vikings.

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Posted on: December 4, 2011 11:56 am

Harvin in, Von out, AP to miss extra week?

Posted by Will Brinson

No surprise in the Minnesota-Denver tilt set for 1:00 pm Sunday, as Adrian Peterson is inactive -- but there's also some good news/bad news for the teams involved as well, and the possibility that Peterson could mis additional time.

Percy Harvin is active for the Vikings, which is critical for Minnesota, because without AP, they're already limited enough on offense.

The Vikings offense will also be helped by a loss to the Broncos defense, as Von Miller, the leading candidate for Defensive Rookie of the Year, won't play for Denver on Sunday.

Peterson's continued absence is obviously the biggest deal, and there's a possibility that he could miss additional time. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that Peterson's high ankle sprain could keep him sidelined through Week 14 against the Lions as well.

Originally when Peterson was carted off, the injury looked potentially season-ending; Peterson expressed hope that he could play as soon as this week but that's obviously not happening.

Perhaps the Vikings are simply being cautious with their franchise player, and that's a good thing. But with word that Leslie Frazier's seat might be heating up in Minnesota, perhaps we'll see Peterson sooner than expected.

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Posted on: November 20, 2011 7:44 pm

Adrian Peterson X-rays negative, will have MRI

Posted by Will Brinson

The Vikings were beating the Raiders 7-3 on Sunday when the worst thing imaginable (for Minnesota fans) happened: Adrian Peterson was carted off with an ankle injury.

Naturally, the Vikings ended up losing, but it wasn't all bad news in Week 11, as the X-rays on Peterson's ankle came back negative.

"I just got my ankle caught up on a defender and it got twisted up pretty bad," Peterson said via Viking Update. "The X-ray came back negative, so that’s a plus."

The Vikings running back said he didn't have any swelling on the ankle, but that was normal for his body, and that he would have an MRI on Monday to determine the full extent of the injury.

In "best" news, Peterson doesn't believe the injury is season-ending.

"No, not at all," Peterson said when asked if thought his season might be over. "That's not in my DNA. I'm going to try and get back as fast as I can and, God willing, I'll be up and ready to run this weekend."

The Vikings might feel differently about Peterson's status, especially given that they're not playing for much this year but Peterson's a tough dude, and seeing him out on the field in Week 12 wouldn't be all that shocking.

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Posted on: December 20, 2010 7:05 pm

Favre will start, Peterson won't play

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Vikings have released their inactive list for tonight’s game vs. the Bears, and it contains one huge shocker.

No, not that Brett Favre is active and starting, because we half-expected that (though Joe Webb can’t be happy about that, by the way). Instead, RB Adrian Peterson is INACTIVE and won’t play.

That means Toby Gerhart should get the bulk of the carries at RB. Peterson had been questionable with a thigh injury, but it was assumed by just about everybody in the world that he would play tonight.

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Posted on: November 28, 2010 2:53 pm

Adrian Peterson's day might be over

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is dealing with a right ankle injury and probably won’t return to the Minnesota-Washington game.

The injury seems relatively minor after he got his ankle twisted in the pile following a second-quarter run, but he hasn’t returned to the game since. He originally limped off the field, got his ankle retaped, put back on his helmet and began jogging in place. In actuality, he looked ready to return.

But backup Toby Gerhart has been the one to get the carries ever since, including his first career touchdown – a five-yard run – to give the Vikings a 14-7 lead.

On the team’s latest drive, trainers put extra tape on the right side of Peterson’s shoe, but he’s no longer wearing a helmet. At this point, it appears that Peterson’s day could be done.

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Posted on: September 6, 2010 10:03 pm

Favre shows up on season's first injury report

Posted by Will Brinson

The NFL released its first injury report of the season today (all together now: YEEEEEEEEEEEAAH !) and while there's not a ton of surprising news, per se, there is something that we should get used to seeing -- "Brett Favre (ankle)."

Favre was listed despite having full participation in practice and given his state of health, it's unlikely he won't be on that list most every week that he plays (which would, given his track record, seem like about 16 times, not counting the postseason).

Also listed for the Vikings are Toby Gerhart (knee), Cedric Griffin (knee), Jamarca Sanford (ankle) and John Sullivan (calf), who all had limited participation in practice, and Chris Cook (knee) and Jimmy Kennedy (knee) who didn't practice.

The Saints included Marques Colston (kidney), Jimmy Graham (ankle) and Pierson Prioleau (knee) as those who had full participation, Tracy Porter (knee), Zach Strief (knee) and Jonathan Vilma (groin) as limited and Stanley Arnoux (ankle) and Chris Ivory (knee) as those that didn't practice.

So, yeah, the point being is that Favre's listed, but he's probably fine and we know that football is truly here when Favre is listed on an injury report.

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