He was wearing a walking boot, and it was reported just hours earlier that he's dealing with both a high- and low-ankle sprain, but when talking to reporters on Tuesday, Adrian Peterson sounded more than confident he'll be ready to face the Vikings on Thursday.
"Feeling good," he said. "Yeah, I plan on it, for sure."
The running back explained that on Monday, things were "rough" and he was quite unsure whether he'd be available for the Week 8 matchup. Since then, though, the swelling in his ankle has gone down "tremendously," making him a lot more optimistic even as he missed Tuesday's practice.
The fact that his current team is slated to square off with the team he became a legend with is obviously factoring into all of this, too.
"Of course I want to play against Minnesota," Peterson said. "I was there for 10 years."
While Kirk Cousins and Case Keenum will be seeing their respective former franchises for the first time on Thursday, it'll be Peterson's second meeting with the Vikings. He actually opened the season facing them when he was with the Saints in 2017, so he should be prepared for the emotions that'll come with his return.
Another thing Peterson believes he'll be prepared for is the defense he'll be battling with. No. 26 knows a lot of the players on that side and feels that knowledge will benefit both him and the Burgundy and Gold.
"It's going to help a lot," he said. "Just knowing their personalities and their mentality. That, right there, is going to be very important for me and being able to talk to [my teammates] as well, since it'll be probably be their first time going up against these guys."
It's unfortunate that Washington's record isn't better, because their awful start is clouding a few very intriguing storylines in this national game. Even so, when Peterson was asked what he thinks Keenum's experience on Thursday will be like, his answer hinted at how much this contest still matters.
"I'm sure he wants to stick it to them, just like I want to stick it to them, and just like Kirk Cousins wants to stick it to us."
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