Skip to content

Report: Adrian Peterson has high ankle sprain

Adrian+Peterson+Oakland+Raiders+v+Minnesota+pJkB_oJCEBAl Getty Images

X-rays were negative, which is positive.

The MRI wasn’t as positive.

Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has a high ankle sprain.

Per Fowler, it’s a grade one sprain.  Peterson will wear a boot for a few days, and he could start “light football activity” by Friday.  The Vikings travel to Atlanta in Week 12.

Still, with the Vikings at 2-8, it’s hard to justify putting him at risk of further injury until he’s truly healthy.

UPDATE 2:00 p.m. ET:  A league source tells PFT that Peterson most likely will miss at least Sunday’s game against the Falcons.

Permalink 49 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Atlanta Falcons, Minnesota Vikings, Rumor Mill, Top Stories
49 Responses to “Report: Adrian Peterson has high ankle sprain”
  1. raylewisandhisteeth says: Nov 21, 2011 1:46 PM

    Could be worse.

  2. mvp43 says: Nov 21, 2011 1:46 PM

    Good for AP as it looked more serious on the replay. At this point, the Vikes are going nowhere so might as well rest him until he’s 100%.

  3. FinFan68 says: Nov 21, 2011 1:47 PM

    Rub some dirt on it and wrap it up.

  4. cjw1197 says: Nov 21, 2011 1:47 PM

    Shut him down indefinitely. Best for the long term, which is what this team is building for.

  5. marionbarber24isgod says: Nov 21, 2011 1:48 PM

    Sucks, he’s an amazing athlete.

  6. tatatoothy says: Nov 21, 2011 1:51 PM

    Fantasy season – OVER!

  7. travisblink619 says: Nov 21, 2011 1:51 PM

    Sucks because he is the only highlight on my fantasy team.

  8. frankgarrett says: Nov 21, 2011 1:52 PM

    Sit him for the season . If your a viking fan and disagree with this .. IT’S obvious you don’t care for the future of your team – PACKER FAN

  9. cusoman says: Nov 21, 2011 1:53 PM

    Shut him down for the rest of the season, no reason to risk anything more severe. See if Gerhart has what it takes and start playing around with more options with Harvin… ehh, you know what, shut Harvin down too. We know what we have in him and there’s no reason to risk him too.

  10. btwicey says: Nov 21, 2011 1:54 PM

    Darn it!!

  11. cliffleesbeard says: Nov 21, 2011 1:56 PM

    There goes my chance at winning fantasy… Can’t see them risking him playing for a couple of weeks after that big contract and no shot at the playoffs.

  12. tacoslinger619 says: Nov 21, 2011 1:57 PM

    Purple Jesus…… my fantasy team neeeds you……pull through fast!

  13. kadeeu says: Nov 21, 2011 1:58 PM

    The Vikings may be 2-8, but my fantasy team is 7-4 so he better get his ass out there on Sunday!

  14. scottpavek says: Nov 21, 2011 2:00 PM

    I would love for him to sit to ensure this isn’t a lingering injury.. But at the same time, how can you assess Ponder’s development with no running threat, in addition to no legitimate #1 WR and no offensive line to speak of?

    Maybe it’s time to see Joe Webb in the backfield with Percy Harvin. Not for any serious reasons, but just because it’s fun! JOE WEBB FUTURE.

  15. getadealdonealready says: Nov 21, 2011 2:07 PM

    He has been a beast, stuck on some bad teams, but will yesterday be remembered as when the downhill slide to 30 started?

  16. mjmorris5477 says: Nov 21, 2011 2:14 PM

    Screw it. Pack it in, aim for a 3-13/4-12 record, and draft as well as you can.

    Why do I get the feeling Peterson’s career will be similar to Barry Sanders?

  17. NakedCowboy! says: Nov 21, 2011 2:16 PM

    My fantasy team will miss your production too! AP is having a good season… too bad vikings suck!

  18. touchdownroddywhite says: Nov 21, 2011 2:17 PM

    Cha-ching! Mark a W down for my boys in ATL!!!

  19. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Nov 21, 2011 2:17 PM

    Oh well, tough break. There goes the vike’s season…

  20. radrntn says: Nov 21, 2011 2:25 PM

    sorry AP, hope you get better soon.

  21. contra74 says: Nov 21, 2011 2:25 PM

    Huge Vikes fan here and I agree to sit him down this week and however long it takes to get him healthy. Season is over so no need to wear him down without having the light at the end of the tunnel. Get well AP!

  22. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Nov 21, 2011 2:31 PM

    This could be a blessing disguise. Toby Gerhart hasn’t had any meaningful playing time this season. Maybe if he shows he can do something when he’s forced in there he’ll get the chance to spell Peterson a little when he comes back. Leslie seems determined to run Peterson into the ground during a lost season.

  23. fcmlefty1 says: Nov 21, 2011 2:38 PM

    AP is the rare player who is still hungry after getting paid. Dude will be out there as soon as he can. Thats how he’s wired.

    That said, I’m guessing he misses the game in Atlanta, and will be back the following week vs Denver.

  24. InFact says: Nov 21, 2011 2:43 PM

    Please keep your fantasy out of my reality.

  25. gdeli says: Nov 21, 2011 2:48 PM

    Take the rest of the season off AP. Thanks for your work and signing my football. Their done. Thank god for red zone so I can move on and watch other teams. Their secondary really sucks.

  26. 4thandnone says: Nov 21, 2011 2:56 PM

    Vikes are 2-7 with AP, so it’s not like sitting him for a few weeks is going to change the outcome of the season.

  27. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Nov 21, 2011 3:01 PM

    Hey, does anybody know what team they might put in the NFC North if the vikes move to LA?

  28. thefnlimit says: Nov 21, 2011 3:03 PM

    Sit him till he’s 100%. No need to keep him out for the year unless he needs the time to heal. Time to get creative with the playbook. Percy can definitely take more carries, he isn’t an every down type back, but I think he can handle it for a while. Looks like Booker might get involved in something other than every other kick return.

  29. jerrykill4pres says: Nov 21, 2011 3:14 PM

    Can only hope AP will see the betterment of the team here. He wants to play and be out there every minute. But If he is smart, he will take the rest of the year off, and relax… let things heal up, and come back next year. No sense in taking anymore punishment or suffering a long term problem here, when this season has been lost since the NFLPA signed the agreement…

  30. capslockkey says: Nov 21, 2011 3:36 PM

    Nobody cares about how Peterson’s injury affects your fantasy team….

    Signed,

    A Jamaal Charles owner

  31. dramah says: Nov 21, 2011 3:43 PM

    Phew…I thought it was another case of MN bi-lateral leg weakness. Dodged a bullet there.

  32. imaskolman says: Nov 21, 2011 4:05 PM

    It was interesting at the game yesterday… AP gets helped to the sidelines and the crowd is dead silent. Hawyard-bey is laying motionless on the turf and the crowd starts the wave?!.!

    I’m from MN and am a huge Vikings fan but our fan base needs to have more taste and class. I will say this though, when the Star Spangled Banner is played, the MN fans are respectful.

    I can’t stand when crowds substitute “home of the brave” with “home of the [your team name]” that is downright disrespectful. I’m not a veteran but it bothers me to now end when that happens.

    Skol to your motha!

  33. smurky28 says: Nov 21, 2011 4:27 PM

    Maybe Joe Webb plays RB too?

  34. goawayeverybody says: Nov 21, 2011 4:41 PM

    Welcome to 7-4, Atlanta Falcons

  35. paulitik74 says: Nov 21, 2011 5:08 PM

    I’m bummed, the Falcons have been shutting down all the elite runners lately. I was really wanting to see Curtis Lofton shut him down.

    Now if only we could shut down the pass as well.

  36. nevertola says: Nov 21, 2011 5:18 PM

    With a new $100 million contract and the team not playing well this year, why risk the longterm damage to your superstar. Sitting him is just the smart football move.

  37. theduuuuuuuuuude says: Nov 21, 2011 5:51 PM

    I think it’s a bit premature to say sit Peterson for the rest of the season when there are 6 weeks left. I think it’s better for the team to keep plugging him in at RB if he gets back to 100% before the end of the season, if for nothing else but to help his young QB Ponder keep developing a rapport in the backfield with his main weapon.

  38. vikesfansteve says: Nov 21, 2011 6:02 PM

    mjmorris5477 says:
    Nov 21, 2011 2:14 PM
    Screw it. Pack it in, aim for a 3-13/4-12 record, and draft as well as you can.

    Why do I get the feeling Peterson’s career will be similar to Barry Sanders?

    All Day had a chance to take the Vikings to the Super Bowl & fumbled All Day. He had the opportunity & blew it. The Vikings will get another chance & hopefully next time he will seize the chance.

  39. gb4mn0 says: Nov 21, 2011 6:34 PM

    So the great AP is hurt.

    The biggest hurt AP has is playing for MN!

  40. numberoneinthehoodg says: Nov 21, 2011 7:12 PM

    Sit him? (for the season) The least this team owes him is the ability to get back on the field (when he is truly ready) and keep adding to his stats. He has a chance to be the best RB ever and shutting him down because the team is in disarray is an insult to the player he has proven to be. If he can play, is able to play and wants to play……run bro run.

  41. tombradysponytail says: Nov 21, 2011 9:15 PM

    dramah says:Nov 21, 2011 3:43 PM

    Phew…I thought it was another case of MN bi-lateral leg weakness. Dodged a bullet there.

    ______

    Nice… only 4 likes though? Must not be a lot of twins fans reading this site…

  42. favreblows says: Nov 22, 2011 1:56 PM

    The start of the end for AP.

    The Vikes will never learn. They give a massive long-term contract to an injury prone RB, when they are clearly a re-building team in a passer-friendly league. The incompetence of this squad is overwhelming and enduring. Packer fans have never had it this good in their entire history. The Packers are 10-0…….the Vikes are 2-8……and their incompetence in management will bring forth many more years of misery for the Purple.

    Just loving it!

    Anybody hear from Paul Hargis lately? I am getting worried about that guy.

  43. doorcountyvikes says: Nov 22, 2011 2:10 PM

    easy decision; rest him. Only thing more stupid than pushing him to play would be listening to anything that idiot packer blogger, favreblower has to say.

  44. ejmat2 says: Nov 22, 2011 4:19 PM

    favreblows says:
    Nov 22, 2011 1:56 PM
    The start of the end for AP.

    The Vikes will never learn. They give a massive long-term contract to an injury prone RB
    Just loving it!
    ———————————–
    One of the most stupid posts ever. The guy missed 3 games in 5 years. If that’s what you consider injury prone then what is healthy? Give me a break and don’t talk about things you’re unfamiliar with.

    Now, with that said, as a Viking fan, I’m all for resting AP for a while. Give Gearhert his shot. Hell they can give Percy more carries and play Joe Webb at WR. There’s nothing to lose at this point.

  45. doorcountyvikes says: Nov 22, 2011 9:44 PM

    ejmat2: you’re spot on. 3 games in 5 years; that FB idiot is still crying to trade AP. The guy does not get football, probably never played. Easy to stand on his packer soapbox when they’re undefeated. Biggest idiot troll on this site. Why I come back to this site is beyond me. Skol Vikes.

  46. favreblows says: Nov 23, 2011 8:39 AM

    Oh….now you guys are seeing all of this AP stuff through your purple lensed glasses—

    AP had a college career littered with injuries. That was the concern when the Vikes drafted him….can he stay healthy? And now…..this is the start of the end.

    Bottom line…this is a passer friendly league. The RB dominant teams are not relevant anymore. AP is a violent runner who will flame out in a couple of year. And the Vikes will regret that contract with all of their hearts. They should trade him in the offseason….hell they should take a 2nd round pick if they can get it. Get that anchor of a contract off their books and start rebuilding this mess. The Bears are doing what the Queens should have done. They are going to play hardball with Forte and then tag him for two years. By that time, Forte (and Peterson by the way) will be finished.

  47. pack13queens0 says: Nov 24, 2011 12:39 PM

    They can’t win even with him in the lineup. If he was so great, he would have been drafted by Ted Thompson.

  48. brewdogg says: Nov 25, 2011 1:54 AM

    favreblows says:
    Nov 23, 2011 8:39 AM
    Oh….now you guys are seeing all of this AP stuff through your purple lensed glasses—

    AP had a college career littered with injuries. That was the concern when the Vikes drafted him….can he stay healthy? And now…..this is the start of the end.

    Bottom line…this is a passer friendly league. The RB dominant teams are not relevant anymore. AP is a violent runner who will flame out in a couple of year. And the Vikes will regret that contract with all of their hearts. They should trade him in the offseason….hell they should take a 2nd round pick if they can get it. Get that anchor of a contract off their books and start rebuilding this mess. The Bears are doing what the Queens should have done. They are going to play hardball with Forte and then tag him for two years. By that time, Forte (and Peterson by the way) will be finished.
    —————————-

    Just to pick away at this a little…..

    I can think of more than few “violent” runners who didn’t flame out at 28. You might recognize their names if you went to the real HOF instead of that glorified history museum outside of Lambeau. If you need some help, watch a Vikings game, you will hear their names come up when trying to find a comparison to Peterson.

    Why do the Vikings need to get Peterson’s contract off their books in order to rebuild? Surely you aren’t suggesting that they do so through FA…..

    So a team should not sign a player with an injury history who MAY be nearing the end of his career to a big-money contract? So, giving a 34-yo CB $55 mil over 5 years would be……. Oh, right, a perfectly sensible move.

  49. brewdogg says: Nov 25, 2011 1:57 AM

    pack13queens0 says:
    Nov 24, 2011 12:39 PM
    They can’t win even with him in the lineup. If he was so great, he would have been drafted by Ted Thompson.
    ——————————-

    Should I list the players passed on by your almighty lord TT in favor of the likes of Justin Harrel, Brian Brohm, Pat Lee, and Brandon Jackson?

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!