Peterson registered 29 rushing yards on 11 carries, also hauling in his lone target for one yard during Sunday's 23-22 win against the Falcons.
Against an Atlanta defense that boasts Pro Bowler Grady Jarrett as the anchor of its line, Peterson averaged a season-low 2.6 yards per carry during Week 7. Though it was a disappointing outing for the four-time All-Pro -- and the Lions' rushing game as a whole for that matter -- it appears that Peterson is a fixture of the Detroit ground attack going forward. He's had double-digit carries in every game but one so far this season as well as TDs in two of his past three appearances heading into a Week 8 matchup against the Colts.
Peterson carried the ball 15 times for 40 yards and a touchdown in Week 6 against the Jaguars. He also added one reception for 18 yards.
Peterson led the team in carries despite battling an illness heading into the contest. He averaged only 2.7 yards per carry, with his longest rush of the day going for only eight yards. However, he still managed to kick off the scoring, finding the end zone from one yard away to put the Lions up 7-0 in the first quarter. Rookie D'Andre Swift had a breakout performance -- he topped 120 total yards and found the end zone twice -- meaning Peterson could cede carries in weeks to come. Even so, he and the Lions face another manageable matchup in Week 7 against the Falcons.
Peterson (illness) is active for Sunday's matchup against Jacksonville.
The four-time All-Pro was forced to sit out Thursday's session due to what was listed as an illness. According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, Peterson was sent in for blood work after experiencing side pain, which led to concern that he might be dealing with an appendix issue. Fortunately, all tests returned negative, allowing Peterson to return to practice in full Friday. Despite Detroit also having Kerryon Johnson and D'Andre Swift active Weeks 1 through 4, Peterson garnered the majority of the workload on the ground, handling 54 of 89 running-back carries during that span. He's in line for a healthy share of rush attempts in a matchup against Jacksonville's 26th-ranked rush defense.
Peterson (illness) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game in Jacksonville, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
After sitting out Thursday's practice, Peterson returned Friday as a full participant. He may need to pass one more test to ensure he doesn't have COVID-19, but the Lions aren't concerned about his availability for Sunday. The 35-year-old took 33 carries in the last two games before a Week 5 bye, while Kerryon Johnson saw his role in the offense minimized (six carries, two targets).
Peterson (illness) has returned to Detroit's practice facility Friday, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
Peterson missed Thursday's practice due to a non-COVID-19 related illness, but it looks as though he'll get some work in Friday. When the Lions' final injury report of the week is released Friday afternoon, whether Peterson carries an injury designation for Sunday's game in Jacksonville will be disclosed.
Peterson didn't take part in Thursday's practice due to an illness.
According to Justin Rogers of The Detroit News, Peterson's illness isn't related to COVID-19, so he should be ready to practice Friday if the ailment runs its course overnight. Peterson remains locked in as the Lions' top option on the ground, but his usage week to week will likely hinge on the game script.
Peterson rushed 11 times for 36 yards and a touchdown but failed to secure either of his two targets in Sunday's 35-29 loss to the Saints.
Peterson led the team with 11 rushing attempts, while nobody else had more than four. He powered in a five-yard touchdown to make things interesting with 3:40 remaining, but the Saints were able to run out the clock from there against a Lions defense that's allowing 31.8 points per game. Peterson is Detroit's running back of choice when the game script goes run-heavy, but that's not going to happen often if the defense continues to blow leads. The Lions will be on bye in Week 5 before a Week 6 road tilt in Jacksonville.
Lions offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell suggested Tuesday that Peterson will continue to serve as Detroit's lead back, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports. "I don't know when it's going to happen, but [Peterson] wants [the ball], we want him to have it and we'll just keep continuing to go there and spell him with Kerryon [Johnson], spell him with [D'Andre] Swift and kind of go from there," Bevell said.
After averaging 6.3 yards per carry through the Lions' first two games, Peterson saw his workload pick up in a major way in Sunday's 26-23 win over the Cardinals. With Detroit claiming an early lead, Peterson led a ground-heavy attack the rest of way, running 22 times for 75 yards and hauling in a 10-yard reception for a touchdown while playing 60 percent of the offensive snaps. Johnson and Swift will likely cut into Peterson's snaps when the Lions are forced to play from behind and pass more frequently, but look for the veteran to dominate the carries when Detroit is sitting on a lead. The Lions may not have that luxury Week 4, as they'll enter Sunday's matchup with the Saints as home underdogs.
Peterson carried 22 times for 75 yards and caught his only target for 10 additional yards during Sunday's 26-23 win over the Cardinals.
Peterson dominated the team's ground attack as he finished with 86 percent of the carries, which were his most since Week 5 of last season. He managed just 3.4 yards per attempt but helped his team grind out a somewhat surprising win on the road against an ascending Cardinals outfit. Peterson will face a tough task in next Sunday's game against the Saints, but he should lead the backfield in touches given his usage thus far.
Peterson rushed seven times for 41 yards and wasn't targeted in the passing game in Sunday's 42-21 loss to Green Bay.
Peterson led the Lions in rushing yards for the second straight game to open the season, but it was Kerryon Johnson who got the nod from one yard out to cap Detroit's opening drive. With the Lions down big in the second half, D'Andre Swift got most of the running back snaps, finishing with 72 scrimmage yards on five carries and five catches. If Peterson continues to cede goal-line work, he'll have a hard time carving out consistent value in Detroit's three-man running back rotation. The Lions will travel to Arizona in Week 3.
Peterson had 14 carries for 93 yards during Sunday's 27-23 loss to Chicago. He caught three of three targets for 21 receiving yards
Kerryon Johnson got the start and D'Andre Swift led the backfield in snaps, but Peterson was nonetheless given the most carries. His 14 attempts were more than Johnson (seven) and Swift (five) combined. Considering he clearly looked like Detroit's best downhill rusher in the process, Peterson can reasonably be expected to maintain a majority share of the early-down work going forward. However, given the injuries to the Lions secondary, it's fair to wonder how long the Lions might be able to stick with the run game in Week 2 against Green Bay.
Coach Matt Patricia said "we'll see" when asked Monday whether Peterson would suit up for Sunday's regular-season opener against the Bears, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
Patricia is at least leaving the door open for Peterson, who signed a contract with the Lions on Monday after having been released by Washington, to see playing time out of the gate. The 35-year-old is coming off back-to-back seasons with 200-plus touches and over 4.0 yards per carry in Washington. He now mixes into a relatively inexperienced backfield alongside Kerryon Johnson, who has missed 14 games over the last two seasons, and rookie D'Andre Swift (undisclosed). Peterson also reunites with offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, whom he played under during the first four years of his career with the Vikings.
Peterson signed a one-year, $1.05 million contract with the Lions on Sunday, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
Peterson adds depth to a backfield that endured a major injury bug last season and has faced issues in that area already in training camp, as rookie second-round pick D'Andre Swift (undisclosed) has struggled to stay on the field lately. The 35-year-old Peterson is the only running back in Detroit over 23 years old, and it's uncertain how the Lions plan to use him. He can still handle a large workload, as evidenced by 211 carries for 898 yards (4.3 yards per carry) and five touchdowns for Washington last year, but that won't be necessary or practical with Swift and Kerryon Johnson on board. More or less, Peterson is injury depth and a strong veteran presence for the young backfield.
Peterson will sign a one-year deal with the Lions, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Peterson joins a crowded Detroit backfield that also includes Kerryon Johnson, D'Andre Swift, Bo Scarbrough and Ty Johnson. The veteran back's path to steady carries is unclear in the team's current context, though it's possible that the Lions have other moves in mind.
The Washington Football Team is releasing Peterson on Friday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Mike Garafolo of NFL Network notes that the 35-year-old Peterson still intends to play football, though he may have a hard time finding a new team before the start of the season. Teams sometimes cut veterans and then re-sign them after Week 1 to avoid salary guarantees, but Pelissero suggests Friday's transaction was more about on-field motivations, with Antonio Gibson, Peyton Barber and J.D. McKissic all making good impressions during training camp. Washington also has Bryce Love as a backfield option, though it isn't clear he'll have a spot on the Week 1 roster. Gibson is the one with the most upside for fantasy managers, considering McKissic is a passing-down specialist and Barber an early-down bruiser.
Peterson is working with Washington's training staff on a side field during Thursday's practice, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.
It sounds like the 35-year-old running back is dealing with a minor injury 10 days before the season opener. Assuming he returns to practice over the weekend or next week, Peterson is the favorite to serve as Washington's lead runner Week 1 against the Eagles. Of course, he'll likely be splitting snaps -- at least to some extent -- with Antonio Gibson and passing-down specialist J.D. McKissic.
Peterson and Antonio Gibson took most of the first-team backfield reps at Tuesday's practice, Kyle Stackpole of the official team website reports.
We've also seen reports of Bryce Love and J.D. McKissic getting work with the starters, though in Love's case it was when Peterson had a veteran's day off. The 35-year-old remains the favorite to get the start and the largest share of carries in Week 1, but he'll almost certainly be working in a committee, and potentially one where three or four RBs get snaps. Gibson is the upside play for patient fantasy managers, potentially combining size, speed and pass-catching ability in one package. Granted, the rookie doesn't have much experience playing running back, while Peterson is one of the all-time greats at the position.
Peterson will take on a bigger role in the Washington backfield after the team released Derrius Guice, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
Washington entered training camp with four running backs that played significant NFL snaps last season, plus 2019 fourth-round pick Bryce Love (knee) and 2020 third-round pick Antonio Gibson. The team now figures to have roster spots for four of the five remaining players, with Peterson presumably a lock and also the favorite for the Week 1 start. He's 35 years old and entering the final season of his contract, but the future Hall of Famer said in June that he hopes to play four more seasons in the NFL. He was a bit more conservative in a recent interview with Good Morning Football, saying he was looking forward to playing "a couple" more seasons. He'll likely share snaps with some combination of Gibson, Love, J.D. McKissic and Peyton Barber.
Peterson said Wednesday that he hopes to play football for four more years, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.
The 35-year-old doesn't necessarily expect to stick around the NFL for that long, but he also isn't ruling out the possibility of doing so. Peterson is entering the second season of a two-year contract with Washington that contains $2.5 million in non-guaranteed compensation. There hasn't been any discussion of him missing out on a roster spot, but it's fair to wonder how things might shake out in a backfield that also includes Derrius Guice, Antonio Gibson, Bryce Love, J.D. McKissic and Peyton Barber. Assuming he sticks around, Peterson would be the best bet for early down carries if Guice were to suffer another injury.
Washington announced Wednesday that it exercised Peterson's $2.5 million team option for the 2020 season.
Washington can still clear out cap space if Peterson is released at a later date, but it makes sense to keep him around after Derrius Guice managed just five regular-season appearances through his first two years in the NFL. Elsewhere in the Washington backfield, Chris Thompson is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent, while 2019 fourth-round pick Bryce Love (knee) is expected to compete for a role. Peterson will turn 35 in March.
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