Marcus Peters unlikely to play tonight

AP

The Rams definitely won’t have cornerback Aqib Talib on Thursday night against the Vikings. The Rams likely won’t have cornerback Marcus Peters, either.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Peters is unlikely to play. Which is a no-brainer, given that Peters suffered a calf strain only four days ago.

Making it even more of a no-brainer is the fact that Peters has yet to get his second NFL contract. The one that could make him one of the highest-paid cornerbacks in the NFL. So why take a chance on a short week with a bad calf that could easily be aggravated, becoming the kind of problem that lingers all year, impacts his performance, and ultimately keeps him from getting paid what he deserves.

It’s a smart play. A business decision. Erring on the side of caution. Erring on the side of maximizing earnings. And, for the team, ensuring that he’ll be good to go deeper in the season.

The absence of Talib and Peters gives the Vikings an advantage in a game where they are otherwise significantly disadvantaged. So maybe the Vikings will be able to score in the 20s. The question is whether their defense can keep the Rams out of the 30s.

7 responses to “Marcus Peters unlikely to play tonight

  1. ‘Business Decision’…. that’s enough right there to answer part of the viewership problems. Fans just can’t relate to these dudes anymore. They’ve always been highly compensated professionals with respect to average wage earners since the NFL began, but it seems to have gotten out of whack lately. I don’t blame the man, we’re talking life changing, lottery level money go get it! But I think fans could rationalize the Mike Singletary, Jack Lambert, Ronnie Lott kind of money/talent a bit better. The average fan has nothing in common with the new athlete and can’t connect making it hard to root for them day in and day out.

  2. One of my favorite game picks today:

    I can think of nothing better for the Vikings’ fresh new blowout than playing the best team in football. I mean, the reason why they got Cousins and dumped Keenum was because they wanted to have the perennial loser (Cousins) start winning? Interesting strategy there Vikings. How is that working out for you these days? Prediction: Vikings 13, Rams 34 –Pete Baron

  3. I have zero expectations for this team after last week.

    But Minneanderthal, if you think Cousins was “the” problem, you must have been too busy watching the Packer game and seeing once again how the your team is over-reliant on a healthy Rodgers. Also, check out Keenum’s stats the last 3 games against even lousy competition. Bradford is benched, Bridgewater never got off the bench, and Keenum has already thrown 5 picks with a completion percentage and QB rating markedly worse than last year. I’d say its working out about exactly as expected from the Cousins perspective. Now as to the losing our O-line coach, O-line injuries and the team’s star DE going off the rails, not so expected. . . . .
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  4. minneanderthals says:
    September 27, 2018 at 11:00 am
    One of my favorite game picks today:

    I can think of nothing better for the Vikings’ fresh new blowout than playing the best team in football. I mean, the reason why they got Cousins and dumped Keenum was because they wanted to have the perennial loser (Cousins) start winning? Interesting strategy there Vikings. How is that working out for you these days? Prediction: Vikings 13, Rams 34 –Pete Baron

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    You have the worst logic and are such a Packers troll. Why don’t you poke fun of the Vikings when your team isn’t losing.

    Cousin’s was hardly the issue of this game. The offensive line gave him hardly any time to make his read, which resulted in 3 turnovers in one redzone.

    That “loser” torched your defense. How do you like that? How did that work out?

    I don’t expect the Vikings to win this week, not that they can’t beat the Rams (They beat them last year) but the fact that no road team crossing 2 timezones on thursday night has won in 12 games. I would expect your lousy Packer team to lose this game to.

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