Peterson said he wants to stay with Washington for 2019, Kareem Copeland of The Washington Post reports. "Hopefully I'm back here. I want to be a part of what I see we could be as a team and as an organization. I definitely want to be a part of it," Peterson said Sunday. "That's what I'm going to continue to keep my mind on." Signed after Derrius Guice suffered a torn ACL during the preseason, Peterson became a 16-game starter for the first time since 2015, taking 251 carries for 1,042 yards (4.2 YPC) and seven touchdowns while catching 20 of 26 targets for 208 yards and another score. His lack of playing time in passing situations unsurprisingly left him with inconsistent production, averaging 21.4 carries for 97 yards with five touchdowns in seven wins, compared to 11.2 carries for 40 yards with three scores in nine losses. Washington obviously would like to see Guice get healthy and claim the lead role in 2019, but his recovery may take longer than initially expected after an infection in his knee required a seven-week course of intravenous antibiotics. Peterson will turn 34 in March and shouldn't have too much trouble finding a chance to compete for carries somewhere even if the Redskins don't bring him back.
Peterson netted zero yards on four rushes in the Redskins' 24-0 loss to the Eagles on Sunday. Peterson's forgettable outing Sunday shouldn't detract from what was a remarkable comeback campaign, one in which the multi-time Pro Bowler amassed 1,046 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground, supplementing those numbers with a 20-208-1 line through the air. His success this season notwithstanding, it remains to be seen whether there's another clear-cut lead-back job the likes of which he found in Washington for Peterson in 2019. The 11-year veteran will be 34 in March, but at minimum, he certainly proved his ability to at least serve in a complementary capacity with his play this past season.
Peterson (shoulder) was listed as a full participant at Thursday's practice. More often than not, Peterson has rid himself of a designation by week's end since dislocating his shoulder Week 5 in New Orleans. He did just that on his second opportunity to do so during preparations for the season finale. In his previous matchup Week 13 with the Eagles, he ripped off a 90-yard touchdown run but otherwise managed just one yard per carry on his other eight rushes.
Peterson (shoulder) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Les Carpenter of The Washington Post reports. In last week's loss to the Titans, Peterson clinched the eighth 1,000-yard rushing season of his career, the first time he's reached that benchmark since 2015. The production is rendered more impressive considering that Peterson has been playing through a dislocated shoulder along with the fact that the Redskins have had a patchwork offensive line for a good portion of the season. While the shoulder issue regularly impacts his practice reps, expect Peterson to ditch the injury designation by week's end, as he's regularly done for a couple months now. He'll ready himself for a rematch this weekend with an Eagles defense that allowed him to run for a career-long 90-yard touchdown dash back in Week 13.
Peterson carried 26 times for 119 yards in Saturday's 25-16 loss to the Titans. He caught one of two targets for eight yards. Peterson's third 100-yard game of the season pushed him over 1,000 rushing yards for the first time since 2015. The 33-year-old appeared to be losing gas over the last two weeks (29 rushes for 67 yards), but his big day on the ground proved that his renaissance year is not over yet. Peterson will look to put a bow on his strong Comeback Player of the Year bid in a matchup against the Eagles' 11th-ranked rush defense in Week 17.
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