The Redskins are on a short week ahead of Thursday night’s game at the Minnesota Vikings, and it’s unclear whether Adrian Peterson will be able to play against his former team. HC Bill Callahan said Peterson is “being evaluated” for an injury after the running back hurt his ankle in the third quarter of Sunday’s game. Peterson fumbled on the play, losing the ball — he later said — when he feared his ankle was breaking during a tackle at the 49ers’ 29-yard line.
Peterson had an MRI exam on the ankle Monday, according to a person with knowledge of the situation, but the results were not immediately known, the story said. The team didn’t practice Monday but had to release a hypothetical injury report because it is three days from its next game. The report noted Peterson would not have practiced with an ankle injury. On a short week, it seems like there's a chance Peterson won't go, which means the workload may be there for Smallwood, but it's not a great matchup against the Vikings.
Kerryon Johnson met with Detroit Lions doctors Monday, but otherwise coach Matt Patricia had little update about the right knee injury his running back suffered in a 42-30 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted Monday night Johnson "is expected to miss 'some time' with a knee injury" and is week to week. Schefter does not expect Johnson to play Sunday against the New York Giants.
The story said not much is known by Patricia at the moment but he hopes to have some clarity Tuesday. He said Johnson told him he was fine in a brief conversation. Johnson wore a knee brace after leaving the game and rode a stationary bike, but never returned. Ty Johnson will be a huge pickup this week on the wire with a nice matchup against the Giants. McKissic will remain in the passing down role. Hopefully we get more of a timeline, perhaps Tuesday, but for now it looks like Ty Johnson will get the start Week 8 at least.
Gardner Minshew has two more weeks to make Jacksonville’s quarterback decision a difficult one.
The rookie sensation has been rather ordinary the past two games, completing 47.5 percent of his passes for 418 yards, with a touchdown and an interception. He also was sacked four times.
He came up big, though, in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 27-17 victory at winless Cincinnati. He tossed a 2-yard touchdown pass to Keelan Cole that put the Jaguars ahead for good. It was Jacksonville’s lone touchdown in six trips inside the 20-yard line.