Initial tests – an X-ray and MRI – have ruled out any ligament tears and revealed no broken bones in Adrian Peterson's injured right foot, but he was still scheduled for a CT scan later Monday.
The reigning NFL MVP was injured with 11:13 left in the second quarter of Sunday's 29-26 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. He caught a 4-yard pass from Matt Cassel and was tackled on the sideline by Ravens linebacker Arthur Brown. While making the tackle, Brown landed on the back of Peterson's legs and the running back immediate writhed in pain. He didn't return to the game.
He was initially diagnosed with a mid-foot sprain at M&T Bank Stadium.
The MRI ruled out any ligament damage and Peterson was relieved to find out it wasn't a Lisfranc injury.
"They ruled that out," he said Monday while standing in the locker room with a boot on his right foot. "Of course that was one thing that will pop up in your mind. That's one thing I didn't want to hear so it feels good to have that cleared out.
"Initially you don't know exactly what's going on when you're feeling it. That initial contact definitely didn't feel good. I was kind of worried, but kind of cleared up a little bit after getting the MRI. I'll see how things play out after the CT scan."
Peterson said the injury didn't swell up "too much" but expects the foot to remain sore "for a little bit."
He said the CT scan should reveal if there is anything more than can be detected with the bone.
"Obviously the X-ray can show any type of compound break or anything like that. That will show in the X-ray," Peterson said. "But they do a great job of making sure they're able to diagnosis exactly what it is. We're just going through the protocol."
Head coach Leslie Frazier said Peterson would also see a foot specialist.
Frazier also acknowledged that the Vikings officially being out of playoff contention could figure into the timing of Peterson's return, but most of that will be determined by the extent of the injury.
"You want to know exactly how severe the injury is, and it helps you make that kind of a decision," Frazier said. "So as we learn more about the severity of it, or the lack of severity, then you can make a clear decision about this ballgame and future ballgames in this season."
Peterson entered the game leading the league in rushing with 1,208 yards, but he had gained only 13 yards on seven carries before the injury.
"It's unfortunate. I mean, obviously, he's our MVP," fullback Jerome Felton said. "So anytime you lose a guy like that, it's going to have an impact. But somebody else has to step up. It's an opportunity for other people. And I know he'll be encouraging and everything with that. But we'll see what his situation is as the week goes forward."
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