Vikings running back Adrian Peterson isn't in the clear just yet, but he did receive some good news on Monday. An MRI of Peterson's sprained right foot came back clean, meaning Peterson didn't suffer a Lisfranc injury or damage any ligaments against Baltimore on Sunday. Initial X-rays also showed that Peterson didn't break any bones in the foot.
Despite the good news though, ESPN.com is reporting that it's unlikely Peterson will play on Sunday against Philadelphia. However, it does appear he's avoided serious injury. Peterson had been awaiting the results of a CT scan that he had on Monday. The Vikings will know more about Peterson's condition and how he feels when he gets out of the walking boot and begins running.
"Well, it's a little painful," Peterson said of his foot, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "Obviously it kept me out of the game. The MRI came back great so that's good. Just got to get a CT scan to make sure the bone is OK."
"Initially you don't know exactly what's going on when you're feeling it," Peterson said. "That initial contact definitely didn't feel good. I was kind of worried. But kind of cleared up a little bit after getting the MRI. I'll see how things play out after the CT scan.
Peterson wants to play this week against the Eagles, however, coach Leslie Frazier didn't sound as enthusiastic. Even though Peterson avoided a serious injury against Baltimore, Frazier hasn't ruled out sitting his running back for the rest of the year, especially since the Vikings have been eliminated from playoff contention. Frazier said he'll make that decision once he knows the severity of Peterson's injury.
"You can't ignore that fact," Frazier said. "You want to know exactly how severe the injury is, and it helps you make that kind of a decision. So as we learn more about the severity of it, or the lack of severity, then you can make a clear decision about this ballgame and future ballgames in this season."
The Vikings might be eliminated from playoff contention, but they can still play spoiler this year. Minnesota's final three games are against three current division leaders: Philadelphia, Cincinnati and Detroit.