The Cardinals will place Peterson (neck) on injured reserve Thursday, ending his season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Peterson hasn't taken any reps in practice since injuring his neck against the Jaguars in Week 12 and Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians recently stated he had "no idea" when the running back would play again, so the team's decision to shut Peterson down isn't totally unexpected. With Peterson out of the mix, Kerwynn Williams will continue to shoulder most of the workload in the backfield, with D.J. Foster and Elijhaa Penny also picking up some touches.
Peterson will undergo weekly scans on his neck, which will guide the Cardinals' decision-making process with the veteran running back, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports. Backing up head coach Bruce Arians' assertions that Peterson doesn't have a timetable for a return, the running back has been advised to rest for the time being. That explains why Peterson hasn't handle any reps in practice since injuring his neck against the Jaguars in Week 12. The aforementioned scans will monitor any progress made in the coming weeks, and if the Cardinals are able to stay the playoff picture, the team will make a decision on Peterson's availability based on where he stands on the health front. In the meantime, Kerwyn Williams will continue to receive a large workload in the backfield, but D.J. Foster and Elijhaa Penny may also snipe a few touches here and there.
Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday that he has "no idea" if Peterson (neck) would be able to play in any of the Cardinals' final three regular-season contests, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports. While it has been determined that Peterson won't require surgery to address the neck injury that has kept him out the last two games, it's apparent that the veteran needs more time off to heal up. Peterson opened Week 15 preparations as a non-participant in practice Wednesday, according to Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site, and at this point, it looks unlikely that he'll be able to rally in time to suit up Sunday against the Redskins. Another Peterson absence would clear the way for Kerwynn Williams -- who has compiled 185 total yards on 37 touches over the previous two games -- to serve as the Cardinals' lead back.
Head coach Bruce Arians said Friday that there's no time line for Peterson's (neck) return, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. The Cardinals, namely Arians, have been coy about the nature of Peterson's injury, which he sustained Week 12 in the latter stages of a win against the Jaguars. Until Peterson makes his presence felt at practice, the backfield will be the domain of Kerwynn Williams, who racked up 16 carries for 97 yards this past Sunday against the Rams. Behind Williams, D.J. Foster can expect some reps, primarily in passing situations, while the bigger-bodied Elijhaa Penny gets work in short-yardage situations.
Peterson (neck) has been ruled out for Sunday's game versus the Titans, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports. In Week 12 against the Jaguars, Peterson injured his neck late in the fourth quarter when he was driven into the turf. He hasn't practiced in the interim, setting up Kerwynn Williams to lead the backfield for a second consecutive game. That said, D.J. Foster will be available in a change-of-pace role while Elijhaa Penny could handle goal-line reps yet again.
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