Toby Gerhart has a rare chance to be sore

Getty Images

There was once a time when Toby Gerhart ran the ball, a lot even.

Of course, that was mostly in college, as he’s gotten little work since Vikings starting running back Adrian Peterson got well last season.

But Gerhart was glad to feel a little pain this week, as it meant he had done something the week before.

“It was just fun,” Gerhart said of the extra reps last week against the Seahawks, via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “It felt like the first time I’d played in a while. I woke up sore and [thought], ‘Wow, that is what it feels like to get hit again.’ ”

Through the first nine games, Gerhart never carried more than once in any of them. But with Peterson struggling through a groin strain, he had seven attempts for 67 yards in the blowout loss.

What that means for the future remains to be seen. Peterson didn’t practice Wednesday, though coach Leslie Frazier said he was “cautiously optimistic” his star back could go against the Packers Sunday.

“The groin has been bothering him,” Frazier said. “We’ll see what we need to do this week. Is he able to practice [Thursday], or do we hold him back until Friday?”

Until then, Gerhart will need to hit the ice, after a long time of not needing to.

14 responses to “Toby Gerhart has a rare chance to be sore

  1. Toby should start for the next couple of weeks and give Peterson a chance to rest. He has both a hamstring and a groin issue and isn’t close to being as explosive as normal. A good coach wouldn’t even consider playing AD to keep from further injury. That being said, look for Peterson to start on Sunday.

  2. Trade Peterson and get a 1st and 3rd draft pick (if able) and let this guy take the snaps. Peterson is the best “running” running back in the league but nothing more. Can’t catch, block or run routes very well. Has to come off the field on passing downs (2 down back) making the predictable Vikings offense even more horrible and predictable. Not to mention the flawed strategy of “We build out team around Adrian”. Build the team around players; most notably, a top tier quarterback. Do whatever it takes to obtain a solid QB even if it means AP is gone.

  3. Gerhart ain’t starting period. Does anyone really believer Pederson isn’t playing against the vaunted Packers? Ponder is playing as well. The Vikes are going to throw the kitchen sink at the Pack. It won’t be pretty.

  4. With Ponder starting, the DB’s will surely have to play back to protect against his highly accurate long ball thereby giving Toby a chance to run wild for 200 yards.

    Ya, and I will win the next lotto playing the last 6 QB rating #’s for Ponder and begin to star in my new porno series.

  5. Gerhart is a good player but he was a wasted draft pick. You don’t take a running back in the second round unless you’re planning on him taking over as the starter within a year. They even traded up to get him. A fourth-round RB would have been just as good of a backup.

    Man, that was a bad draft. Chris Cook was the top pick, something called Chris Degeare was taken in the fifth round. Nate Triplett was a fifth-round pick that everyone thought was a reach and he didn’t make the team. Everson Griffen was the only good pick.

  6. I’m still surprised there was no market for Gerhart this offseason. His rookie deal expires this year and I can’t imagine he’d want to go back to Minnesota to stand around and watch AP so it seemed to make sense that Minnesota would trade him rather than watch him walk and get nothing in return.

    The kid can play, all three downs, and should get paid this offseason. Maybe if his old OC was in the league or there was a Stanford alum running a team somewhere…..

  7. He was playing against backups again BACKUPS.. Yeah he got some reps and made the most of them, but those were backups in a blowout. Just means he’s ready for more opportunities but he’s not a work horse back yet nor had be ever proven to be since stanford. He might one day but as if now he just racked up stats in garbage time. Nothing more nothing less.

  8. The fact this article doesn’t mention that Seattle had placed 3rd string back-ups in odd. If you think this guy could have run like that on Seattle’s starters – when AP got like 60 yards – is nutty.

Leave a Reply

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