Peterson (neck), who will be released by the Cardinals on Monday, said he received a clean bill of health and intends to continue his career, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports.
Peterson missed all of December due to a neck injury, finishing with 129 carries for 448 yards (3.5 average), two touchdowns and three fumbles (two lost) in six games for the Cardinals. He'll turn 33 next week and may have to settle for a committee role, having played more than 10 games in a season just once since 2013. Peterson likely will look for a new home, as David Johnson (hand) figures to gobble up the vast majority of backfield snaps in Arizona.
The Cardinals are releasing Peterson (neck) on Monday, but they might consider re-signing him on a smaller contract, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
The expectation all along was that Peterson would be released before Friday, at which point he would've received a $750,000 roster bonus. He'll turn 33 on March 21 and is coming off a season in which he had only 3.4 yards per carry and two touchdowns in 10 games before landing on injured reserve with a neck injury. Peterson had outings of 134 and 159 rushing yards in his first three weeks after the trade from New Orleans to Arizona, but he also finished under 30 yards three times and lost a pair of fumbles in his six games with the Cardinals. He'd merely be a backup if he re-signed in the desert, as David Johnson (wrist) was cleared for all activities in early February. Peterson presumably will search for a team that gives him a better shot at a meaningful role.
The Cardinals are expected to release Peterson (neck) in the offseason, Mike Jurecki of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM reports.
After a spectacular 10-year stint with the Vikings to begin his career, Peterson was allowed to explore the open market and eventually landed a deal with the Saints in late April. Once the regular season commenced, Peterson seemingly was a victim of too many mouths to feed, earning 27 carries combined in the first four games of the season. On the heels of a Week 5 bye, the Saints sent him to the RB-needy Cardinals, who lost 2016 All-Pro David Johnson (wrist) in Week 1. Finally back in a leading role, Peterson averaged 23 touches per outing over the next six games before sustaining a season-ending injury of his own. In an offseason in which Peterson turns 33 years old, Arizona's decision likely will come down to cap concerns. Peterson's salary is accompanied by a $3.5 million hit in 2018, and the presence of a healthy Johnson may render the veteran redundant.
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.
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.
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