If you thought that Adrian Peterson looked a little off on Sunday, it turns out you may have been on to something.
It came out after the contest that Peterson suffered an ankle injury on the second play of the the game, and admittedly it took a toll on the star running back.
“The second play of the game I got my ankle rolled up and I was out of whack,” Peterson said. “I was thinking about it too much. It was tender. I just had to come in in the second half and get some tape and adjust and refocus. I came out and did all right in the second half, but I just got to do better.”
I even noticed a point where I thought Peterson was limping. Of course I tried to talk my self out of it, and just chalked it up to soreness following reconstructive surgery. I figured, well even AP is human. But luckily it had nothing to do with his left knee.
The injury is clearly minor, as Peterson played well in the second half, and ended up with 88 yards on 17 carries. However it’s an injury that must be taken seriously. All necessary precautions must be taken with the ankle because you don’t want him over compensating on one leg, something that could affect his knees.
Peterson came out last week and said that he thinks his “new” left knee might even be stronger than before the surgery. Who knows if that’s accurate, but it’s hard to argue that AP has lost a step. He looks at least like 95% of his old self.
I’m confident the team will take this as seriously as they should, and give Peterson any necessary extra rest this week.