Vikings running back Adrian Peterson worked his way through an ankle injury to return to action last week. The ankle had since progressed to the point at which Peterson wasn’t even on the injury report for Week 16.
He’ll most likely be on the injury report for Week 17.
Peterson has left his team’s game against the Redskins early in the third quarter, with an apparent knee. after the joint buckled inward on a low hit during a tackle. Peterson was helped off the field, putting no weight on the left leg. He was writhing in pain on the field after the play ended.
Peterson has 970 yards rushing this year, and he undoubtedly won’t be back in 2011. The only question now is whether and to what extent he’ll be unavailable during the 2012 offseason.
The game currently is tied at 10. If the Vikings win, they’ll lose any shot at the first pick in the 2012 draft.