Tag:Adrian Peterson
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 30, 2011 4:41 pm
 

Pick-Six Podcast: Tebow a Pro Bowler + Film Room

Posted by Will Brinson

No, we're not trolling for podcast downloads -- this is a serious question: is Tim Tebow a Pro Bowl candidate?

OK, so it's not a totally serious question, because he's not a Pro Bowler. But the idea's being thrown around, so Andy Benoit and I break down the possibility.

We also do our Film Room spin around the upcoming games, wondering if the Texans can keep winning with T.J. Yates under center, whether the (fizzling?) Lions can slow down the (sizzling?) Saints, if the Vikings are a dead-team walking sans Adrian Peterson, if the Bengals can get revenge on the Steelers, if the Giants can turn things around against the Packers, where the Chargers/Jaguars go from here, and much, much more.
 
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Posted on: November 21, 2011 6:46 pm
 

NFL Week 11 podcast review + MNF preview

Posted by Will Brinson & Ryan Wilson

Week 11 is almost wrapped up and so we take to the airwaves in order to break down the football action from the weekend.

We discuss whether or not the Bears can make the playoffs with Jay Cutler missing, whether the Giants are about to start their annual late-season collapse, if Adrian Peterson's injury matters in the big scheme of things, whether Norv Turner will be fired, if the Redskins are showing life, if the Lions found a running game, if the Dolphins are the hottest team in the NFL.

Then we dive into how bad the Bills are, why no one should pay running backs, if Baltimore is the class of the AFC, if the Eagles can make a playoff run and whether Oakland or Denver is the best in the AFC West.

All that and much, much more, below.

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Posted on: November 21, 2011 1:48 pm
 

Peterson has high ankle sprain, could return soon

PetersonPosted by Josh Katzowitz

After watching Adrian Peterson leave the Vikings game on a cart Sunday because of an ankle injury, it wasn’t surprising to hear fans freaking about the loss of one of the game’s top players. Afterward, Peterson’s X-rays came back negative, and when asked if he thought his season was in jeopardy, he said, "No, not at all. 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."

It sounds like that it’s at least a possibility.

As first reported by the St. Paul Pioneer Press, an MRI taken today showed that Peterson has a high ankle sprain, and a few minutes later, coach Leslie Frazier confirmed it, saying that it was a grade 1 sprain with some ligament damage and that Peterson will wear a walking boot for a few days. He also said Peterson could start light football activity as soon as Friday.

Overall, it’s probably the best news for which Peterson and his fans could have hoped. His status for the Falcons game next week is unknown, but it seems clear at this point that Peterson will return this season.

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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: November 16, 2011 2:44 pm
 

McFadden likely out again, big day coming for AP?

Posted by Will Brinson

Not that this is breaking or even shocking news, but it's looking more and more like Darren McFadden won't play for Oakland in Week 11 against Minnesota, as he hasn't practiced this week.

In fact, as our Raiders Rapid Reporter Eric Gilmore points out, McFadden actually hasn't practiced or played since he suffered an injury in the first quarter against Kansas City on October 23.

That's a long time, though it's not entirely surprising, considering that a "mid-foot sprain" isn't the type of injury that allows a player to get right back on the field.

Plus, Michael Bush has been quite impressive in McFadden's stead, averaging over 100 yards a game since replacing McFadden in Week 7, running for 352 yards on 66 attempts over the past three games.

The bigger concern for the Raiders then, might be on defense. They were gashed by Tim Tebow and Willis McGahee two weeks ago but held up nicely against the Chargers. The Chargers don't have Adrian Peterson however.

"The one thing that separates [Peterson] from a lot of guys is the way he can run with such power and authority but can run away from you as well, and he can make you miss," Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said. "There are times when defenders really don’t want to tackle Adrian Peterson."

As Gilmore notes, in four losses, the Raiders have given up an average of 209.5 rushing yards. In their five wins? They've allowed just 69.6 yards on the ground to opponents.

It stands to reason, then, that Peterson, and not McFadden, is their biggest concern for Sunday.

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