MRI reveals right ankle sprain for Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson

The results are now in on Adrian Peterson’s ankle injury and, for all you Vikings fans out there, the All-Pro running back should be just fine.

According to ESPN 1500 Twin Cities, Peterson’s MRI showed that he suffered a sprained right ankle in Sunday’s win over the Washington Redskins. Although the injury seems relatively minor, coach Leslie Frazier isn’t sure of his status leading up to their Week 13 matchup at home against the Buffalo Bills.

“We don’t think it’s any more than an ankle sprain,” Frazier said during an interview with the “Reusse & Mackey” show on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities. “Now it’s just a matter of what he can or can’t do.”

Peterson was done for the day when Redskins linebacker Lorenzo Alexander tackled him and rolled over on his ankle, forcing AP to head over to the sideline where he stayed for the duration of the game.

Frazier will obviously keep tabs on him throughout this week, but Peterson needs to show he can run, cut, and make all the necessary moves on the ankle before he’s a slam dunk to play against Buffalo.

“We’ll know a little more (Wednesday) as he tries to put some weight on it and move around,” Frazier said. “We’re anxious to find out how he comes along.”

If ‘All-Day’ Adrian isn’t able to play, rookie Toby Gerhart would get the start against a hapless Bills run defense. He filled in very nicely when Peterson went down, rushing for 76 yards and a touchdown. We’ll keep tabs on this situation as the week goes on.

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  • west504

    So Peterson got the injury against the Redskins and didn’t call them dirty, but left the Saints game without further damage and said they tried to injure him? Do you guys read what you write? Sounds to me like someone whose team has been beaten and yesterday pasted by New Orleans as of late. Sour grapes perhaps?