Running back Adrian Peterson said today that he has been battling an ankle injury for the past three weeks and that he re-injured it on Sunday against the New York Giants. Peterson limped off the field in the first quarter after taking a hit and fumbling the ball. It was Peterson’s NFL-leading ninth fumble of the season, but tight end Jim Kleinsasser was able to recover. Peterson, the NFL’s leading rusher this season, atoned for that mistake on the Vikings’ next series when he went 67 yards for a touchdown.
“It feels pretty good,” Peterson said when asked about his ankle. He then added, “I’ve been fighting with this ankle injury the past three weeks. Going out on Sundays I take a lot of shots in the legs, so it got twisted up on that play and it was pretty painful [against the Giants].”
That means Peterson originally hurt his ankle on Dec. 14 at Arizona — a fact that did not come out at the time. He rushed for 76 yards, his second lowest total of the season, the next week against Atlanta. Peterson finished with 103 yards against the Giants but had only 36 if you take away the touchdown run. Peterson was a bit late getting onto the practice field today but he was participating in individual drills.
Also on the field was nose tackle Pat Williams, who is attempting to return after missing the past two games because of a broken right shoulder blade. Williams has said “the plan” is for him to play in the Vikings’ first-round playoff game against the Eagles. The only player not practicing was left defensive end Ray Edwards, who suffered a knee injury against the Giants on Sunday.
Coach Brad Childress said today there is a “small chance” Edwards will play Sunday and we’ve been told the injury actually could keep him out for more than one week if the Vikings advance.
As for the Eagles, running back Brian Westbrook was limited in practice today because of knee and ankle injuries. Tight end L.J. Smith (shoulder) also was limited. Defensive end Victor Abiamiri (foot); guard Shane Andrews (back); linebacker Stewart Bradley (rib, groin); and tackle Jon Runyan (knee) did not participate. Wide receivers Hank Baskett (knee) and Kevin Curtis (calf); safety Brian Dawkins (back) and guard Todd Herremans (shoulder, ankle) were able to participate in all drills.