Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 11/21/11

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings runs the ball against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisiana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

One of the big stories coming out of Sunday’s games, in addition to Jay Cutler’s injury, was the injury to Adrian Peterson that forced the league’s best running back to miss most of Minnesota’s loss to Oakland (which surely induced many more crocodile tears).

Fortunately, it sounds like Peterson avoided any serious damage to one of the appendages that helps him run all day.

According to Jeremy Fowler of The Pioneer Press (via PFT) Peterson suffered a Grade 1 high ankle sprain. Here is the series of tweets Fowler just sent out:

Today’s MRI revealed high ankle sprain for Adrian Peterson, I’ve learned.

Peterson is tough, but you’ve got to think his playing status is in jeopardy for at least a week.

Frazier confirms Peterson news: grade 1 high ankle sprain, will wear boot for few days, might start light football activity as early as Fri

Frankly, considering what the injury looked like, this is about the best news that Vikings fans and Peterson fantasy owners could have hoped for. Here is the video if you missed it:


The injury to Peterson obviously has huge ramifications in both real-life and fantasy football.

In real life, the Vikings play the Falcons next week, with Atlanta currently battling to keep its playoff hopes alive. The injury to Jay Cutler seemingly opens up a wild card spot, but Atlanta needs to keep winning to take advantage. A Vikings team without Peterson would be given little to chance to against the Falcons and would certainly allow Mike Smith to sleep a bit easier this week.

In fantasy, many teams in playoff contention are likely built around Peterson as the #1 running back. Removing his consistent production from the lineup would be tough to overcome in a likely pivotal Week 12 matchup, either in terms of playoff positioning or just making the playoffs at all. For Peterson owners, you may want to take a look at this waiver wire advice for Week 12 as you make contingency plans.

As Fowler said, Peterson is tough; he’s one of the toughest players in the NFL and will undoubtedly play if he can. Certainly the Vikings don’t have huge incentive to bring him back and risk further injury though, so it is probably wise to plan as if he won’t play and then be pleasantly surprised if he does.

In closing, enjoy this video of Peterson being the absolute beast that he is.


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