Peterson sprained an ankle during Sunday's 31-17 win over Green Bay, but he's expected to be ready when the Redskins return from their bye week for a Week 5 game in New Orleans. Peterson didn't show any signs of being injured while piling up 120 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries against a beleaguered Packers defense. The injury may have happened near the end of the game, or perhaps it just wasn't too noticeable until he woke up with some swelling Monday. Whatever the case, coach Jay Gruden doesn't expect his starting running back to miss any time after the bye week, even though Peterson was walking around the team facility Monday with a protective boot over his foot, per Tarik El-Bashir of The Athletic.
Peterson rushed 19 times for 120 yards and two touchdowns in the Redskins' 31-17 win over the Packers on Sunday. For the second time in three games to open the season, Peterson looked like a vintage version of himself. The former Pro Bowler ripped off a 41-yard run and averaged an impressive 6.3 yards per tote, leading the Washington backfield in carries by a comfortable margin. It's difficult to imagine Peterson retaining this level of effectiveness for a full season, but the early returns are hard to argue with thus far. He'll look to rest up and return refreshed following a Week 4 bye for a Week 5 Monday night battle against the Saints.
Peterson took 26 carries for 96 yards and a touchdown and caught two of three targets for 70 yards in Sunday's 24-6 win over the Cardinals. Peterson obviously got the job done from a fantasy perspective, but he only produced 3.7 yards per carry and earned 52 of his receiving yards on a garbage-time play that ended with a lost fumble. Passing-down specialist Chris Thompson actually had the stronger performance from a non-fantasy standpoint, taking five carries for 65 yards and catching six of seven targets for 63 yards and a touchdown. Meanwhile, Samaje Perine was a healthy inactive and Rob Kelley took just three carries for seven yards. Peterson should be looking at another large workload on the ground in Week 2 when the Redskins host a Colts team that just surrendered a 17-95-1 rushing line to Cincinnati's Joe Mixon.
Peterson has been confirmed as the Redskins' starting running back for Sunday's season opener against the Cardinals, John Keim of ESPN.com reports. Keim's report is more or less supported by Jay Gruden's comments to JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington earlier Wednesday, during which the Redskins head coach joked that he'd like to give Peterson 40 carries in Week 1. Despite going unsigned until late August, Peterson almost immediately established himself as Washington's top back in the wake of the season-ending knee injury to second-round rookie Derrius Guice. Peterson should be ticketed for a regular role on early downs in the Redskins' initial contests, with Chris Thompson handling most of the reps at running back in obvious passing situations.
Redskins head coach Jay Gruden jokingly said he would like to give Peterson 40 carries in Sunday's season opener against the Cardinals, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports. Though obviously not serious about the number of carries, Gruden is providing another strong hint that Peterson will be the featured ballcarrier in Week 1. The 33-year-old holds the top spot on Washington's initial regular-season depth chart, with passing-down specialist Chris Thompson listed as the No. 2 back. It's entirely possible Rob Kelley and Samaje Perine open the season with minimal or non-existent roles on offense.
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|5||10/09||@New Orleans Saints||4||11.00|
|8||10/28||@New York Giants||7||13.33|
|10||11/11||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||30||27.00|
|14||12/09||New York Giants||7||13.33|
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