Vikings running back Adrian Peterson returns to FedEx Field this Sunday for the first time since his 2011 season ended with a torn ACL he thinks occurred on a hit by Redskins safety DeJon Gomes.
Peterson said Thursday that he felt “99.9 percent” sure that Gomes’ hit had damaged his Achilles when it happened because he “felt three pops” when Gomes made contact. The injury led to surgery and more than nine months of rehab before he returned for the first week of this season. Peterson isn’t showing many signs of lingering problems from the injury, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t interested in dishing out a hit or two on Gomes this weekend.
“Of course, of course,” Peterson said, via Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com. “I’ll make sure I have my shoulders low. He might be trying to go for the ankles. But I’m just going to go out and play ball, have fun.”
Peterson doesn’t think the sprained ankle he suffered in last week’s win over the Titans will slow him down against the Redskins, adding that he’s played through worse ankle injuries during his career. He was able to practice on Thursday, putting him on track to play in a game he thinks will be emotional for him because of what happened last season.