Adrian Peterson was sporting his usual smile in the Minnesota Vikings locker room on Monday, but he didn’t have a walking boot or any discernable bracing on his ankle that he said was sprained during Sunday’s 38-17 win over the Chicago Bears.
“It was definitely an ankle sprain. I was able to get out and kind of get it loose, and I got it loose enough after about the first series and was able to get back out there,” Peterson said after Sunday’s win.
Peterson said the “bone was OK” on Sunday, and head coach Mike Zimmer said Peterson got further tests done on Monday.
“He’ll be alright,” Zimmer said. “(Athletic trainer Eric Sugarman) said (Peterson) is like Rubber Man.”
Peterson carried the ball 18 times for 63 yards on Sunday, but he left the field during the two-minute warning of the first half to get the ankle examined and returned to action later in the third quarter.
“I loved his performance. I’m glad he’s on my football team,” Zimmer said after the game.
Peterson said he was initially concerned about the injury.
“You know I came in and was sitting around for a little bit, they taped it up and it got a little stiff on me,” he said. “When I got out and was able to move around and get the muscles and tendons back firing, it got to a point where I was OK and I could go.”
The Vikings were shorthanded defensively once again, as three of their best defenders – nose tackle Linval Joseph, linebacker Anthony Barr and safety Harrison Smith – were all inactive with injuries. Everson Griffen was limited to mostly a pass-rushing defensive lineman as he returned from a shoulder injury.
Zimmer was optimistic that Joseph, Barr and Smith could return Sunday night against the New York Giants.
“I think there’s a good possibility,” he said. “They’re getting really close so we’ll just see.”