Adrian Peterson suffered a shoulder injury on Monday night and it kept him out of most of the second half of the Redskins’ loss to the Saints. However, the issue is not likely to keep him out of any upcoming games.
According to multiple media reports, an MRI revealed what was suspected on Monday, a shoulder strain with no significant damage to the joint. He was injured when he was tackled hard out of bounds after catching a pass.
This is very good news for the Redskins. In the first quarter of the season, the team has gone as Peterson goes. In Washington’s two wins, Peterson has 216 yards rushing. They have lost two games and Peterson has a total of 26 yards including six yards on four carries against the Saints
Without Peterson, the Redskins’ running back depth chart looks suspect. Chris Thompson is a very good third-down back, but he isn’t built to take the pounding of being the starting running back. Kapri Bibbs can fill in here and there but he also is more of a third-down back. The Redskins made Samaje Perine a fourth-round pick last year and he started eight games as a rookie, but they appear to be reluctant to hand to ball to him due to ball security issues. He has been inactive all four games so far.
When Jay Gruden talked to the media via a conference call on Tuesday he said that he did not have any details on Peterson’s injury. We may get an update during his press conference this afternoon.
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