Adrian Peterson carted off with ankle injury, set for MRI on Monday
Peterson was hurt third-down play in the second quarter, as he was racing down the right sideline to gain a Matt Cassell pass. But he was brought down by Ravens’ linebacker Arthur Brown, who tackled him on the sideline as Peterson lunged for the first down. Following the collision, Brown appeared to land on Peterson’s leg on the sideline. Immediately, Peterson flopped on his back and started writhing around in pain.
"I was trying to get the first down," Peterson said. "After that, I didn't know what happened to the football. I was more worried about my ankle."
He was helped off the field by team trainers and initially walked around the sideline trying to test the ankle, before being taken to the locker room in a cart. Peterson was replaced by Toby Gerhart on the very next series. The Vikings initially listed Peterson as questionable to return, but he was eventually ruled out for the game.
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said in his post-game comments that Peterson has a mid-foot sprain. Peterson also had X-ray’s in the locker room, which came back negative. The next move will be an MRI, scheduled for Monday. But Peterson isn’t overly concerned about ankle injury and doesn’t consider it to be season-ending.
"Not at all. You should've seen me in here, trying to get back out there," Peterson said after Sunday’s 29-26 loss to the Ravens. "I kept my pads on throughout most of the third quarter, until I finally was like, 'I'm not going to be able to go.'
"I'm just going to get the MRI done tomorrow, see what it says, and try to push to be ready to play."
Before suffering the ankle injury, Peterson had gained just 13 yards on seven carries as he was struggling to find much running room on the field in the heavy snow conditions at Baltimore. However, the seven-year pro still leads the NFL with 1,208 rushing yards this season, and is the most important player on the Vikings’ offense.
The 28-year-old Peterson was already considered questionable against the Vikings due to a groin injury that forced him to sit out two days of practice this week. Peterson’s loss will be another devastating blow to the Vikings (3-9-1), who are already out of the playoffs picture and don’t possess any other reliable weapons on the offense.