It was two weeks ago when Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was forced from the team’s game against the Baltimore Ravens early in the game with what was later determined to be a foot sprain. This, despite the fact that Peterson claimed he felt “popping” in his foot when he injured it.
He still ended up missing last week’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles, and the belief was that the team was ready to shut him down and not risk him in games they were probably going to lose anyhow.
But those plans may have changed after the team upset the Eagles and now will try to do the same to the Cincinnati Bengals this week and end the season on a high note. Doing such can help spring a team into the postseason in the nest year.
Just look at the 2008 Bengals. They started the year 1-11-1, but won three-straight to end the year, and that positive momentum helped springboard them to an AFC North title in 2009.
So it should come as no surprise that the Vikings will at least consider playing Peterson this week. Via conference call, Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier said he hopes Peterson will be able to play this week.
If does play this week, he’ll be going against the NFL’s fifth-ranked run defense, but the reigning MVP has shown he’s capable of gashing even the best run-stuffing units.
Sidenote: If you have Peterson in fantasy football, it’s probably in your best interest to keep him on your bench for now and add him Sunday once it’s determined if he will in fact play.
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