For a few minutes during the Minnesota Vikings game with Baltimore Ravens in week 14, things didn’t look good for Adrian Peterson. The NFL‘s best running back went down with pain in his right foot after being tackled near the sidelines in the first half. He eventually had to be carted off the field and didn’t return to the game in the second half.
Following the contest, Vikings’ fans across the county held their collective breath as they awaited test results on AP’s right foot. The good news, is that there’s no structural damage and Peterson did not suffer a lisfranc injury. As of now, he’s in a walking boot and reportedly sore. So will he play in week 15? Or furthermore, will he play again in 2013?
Immediately after AP went down, my thought was that he was done for the year. Even though I didn’t know the extent of the injury, I just thought it would be in the Vikings’ best interest to shut him down. As we sit here getting ready for week 15, it’s being said that there’s a ‘glimmer’ of hope that AP could play Sunday. To me, that’s just crazy talk.
The Vikings now know that they dodged a major bullet with his injury. Sometimes in life, you just have to quit when you’re ahead. Having AP out there will only damage the Vikings’ chances of getting the number one spot in next year’s draft and it will put him at further risk of getting injured again this season. Simply put, there’s reward to justify the risk of having him on the field.
2013 has been a train wreck of a season in Minnesota. The coaching staff would be wise to make the call to shut AP down.