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Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 2:49pm
Stokley has a lengthy history of concussions.
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 1:45pm
Ordinarily, Monday night's news that Adrian Peterson will likely miss Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles wouldn't short circuit the Minnesota Vikings' offense. They have a capable No. 2 running back in Toby Gerhart.
But Gerhart strained his hamstring and could be challenged to make it back for Sunday's game. Coach Leslie Frazier said on Monday that the Vikings would continue to be a run-first team, even if Peterson and Gerhart are both out or limited by injuries, but the situation could put the ball in the hands of some unfamiliar names.
Third-string running back Matt Asiata would be the first candidate to get more carries. Asiata beat out Joe Banyard for the final running back spot in training camp, partially because of his contributions on special teams, but he also played well in the Vikings' preseason finale against the Houston Texans.
Source: Adrian Peterson 'unlikely' to play Week 15
Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 9:56am
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will not need surgery on his sprained right foot, but is unlikely to play on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.
Peterson sustained a mid-foot sprain in the second quarter on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens, as linebacker Arthur Brown tackled him while he tried to stretch for a first down. X-rays were negative on Peterson's foot, a MRI showed no structural damage or risk of a Lisfranc injury, and Peterson said on Monday afternoon he planned to play Sunday. But he was still scheduled to undergo a CT scan on his foot, and the Vikings planned to send the results of Peterson's medical exams to a foot specialist.
When the Vikings got the results on Monday evening, they determined Peterson would have to spend time in a walking boot and prove he can run once he gets out of the boot, according to the source.
While AD avoided surgery and Lisfranc, it looks like he's still going to miss at least this week. And in reality, owners should probably prepare for him to be shut down for the season given the Vikings have no chance at the playoffs and there isn't much of a reason to bring him back. Toby Gerhart is a must-add in a pretty good matchup against the Eagles in Week 15.
Monday, December 9, 2013, 5:41pm
Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph was placed on injured reserve, HC Leslie Frazer announced. He suffered a broken foot on Nov. 3 against the Cowboys and was expected to return in 4-6 weeks. The team hoped Rudolph would practice this week, but he wasn’t ready to make that step.
Lisfranc ruled out for Adrian Peterson
Monday, December 9, 2013, 4:03pm
Adrian Peterson will see a foot specialist on Monday as further evaluation along with more X-rays and a CT scan.
"Well, it’s a little painful," Peterson said. "Obviously it kept me out of the game. The MRI came back great so that’s good. Just got to get a CT scan to make sure the bone is OK."
Peterson said a Lisfranc injury has been ruled out. The foot was still sore in the locker room, but Peterson said it didn't swell up too much.
"Initially you don’t know exactly what’s going on when you’re feeling it," Peterson said. "That initial contact definitely didn’t feel good. I was kind of worried. But kind of cleared up a little bit after getting the MRI. I’ll see how things play out after the CT scan."
Peterson wants to play, but Frazier said the team’s record, 3-9-1, will factor into whether the running back returns this season. There have already been reports that Peterson's season is done, but so far the team hasn't said that. His status for Week 15 against the Eagles is still in a bit of doubt, but it seems he and owners have dodged the Lisfranc bullet at least...
Monday, December 9, 2013, 2:47pm
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Monday, December 9, 2013, 2:17pm
At this point we're not sure of Gerhart's Week 15 status. It would appear if he does play he'd get the start since Adrian Peterson was carted off the field in Week 14 with what the team is calling a foot sprain. Peterson is reported to have pain in his mid-foot region which isn't good news, but he's still be evaluated. We may not know more about Gerhart until Wednesday. It's a pretty decent matchup against an improved Eagles defense in Week 15. Matt Asiata is next up on the depth chart.
Monday, December 9, 2013, 2:13pm
We'll see if Ponder gets the start this week as Matt Cassel again played pretty well with Ponder out. It's a decent matchup on paper but the Eagles defense is somewhat improved despite its ranking. Whoever the starter is may have to throw a bit more with the statuses of RBs Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart in question.
Vikes say Adrian Peterson has sprained foot
Sunday, December 8, 2013, 6:45pm
The key words are "so far." It's a very vague description, of course, and we should know more on Monday. Peterson also admitted to having pain in his mid-foot area which opens up Lisfranc issues. He said he doesn't believe the injury will end his season, however players have been wrong before. Owners should cross their fingers as Peterson is pretty questionable for Week 15 at this point. Toby Gerhart filled in well and would get the nod if Peterson can't go. Minny hosts Philly's improved defense, but it's still a pretty good matchup.
Dennis Pitta added to active roster
Saturday, December 7, 2013, 6:12pm
It's a remarkable comeback for Pitta, whose dislocated hip was originally considered a season-ending injury in late July. He returned to practice on Nov. 20 and increased his workload in practice this week. On Friday, coach John Harbaugh said Pitta had a "reasonable chance" of playing.
Pitta, the second-leading receiver on last season's Super Bowl team, will provide a boost for quarterback Joe Flacco and the NFL's 29th-ranked offense, the story pointed out. Pitta has been on the injured reserve-designated to return list since dislocating his hip on July 27, the Ravens' first contact practice of training camp. It would make sense for him to be on some sort of snap count his first game back, but even so, those snaps could include the red zone. Even so, we have Pitta well down our list of TEs this week making him a risky play in what is likely a playoff game.