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Adrian Peterson says Saints went too far taking shots at his ankle

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Minnesota Vikings’ Adrian Peterson (28) breaks away for a 39-yard run during the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)


Adrian Peterson says he can accept the fact that when you’re an NFL running back and your name is listed on the injury report, teams are going to take shots at your injury. But even accepting that, Peterson thinks the Saints went too far on Sunday.

After the Vikings’ loss to New Orleans, Peterson said Saints cornerback Jabari Greer twisted his ankle in a pile.

I came into the game kind of expecting that coming back from a high ankle sprain,” Peterson said, via the Times-Picayune. “Guys are going to try to take their shots when we’re on the pile and try to twist it up and things like that. I felt like it kind of got overboard. I got up and kind of got in his face. Thank God I was able to keep my composure.”

But Peterson says the Saints didn’t slow him down: On the play after the incident with Greer, Peterson broke off a 39-yard run.