Injuries, Injuries, Injuries

With the news that not only is Cadillac Williams' 2007 season over, but his knee injury might be career threatening, it might explain why, with the current rash of injuries striking NFL offensive players, Brad Childress might want to limit Adrian Peterson's early-season exposure.

The Vikings have said they're going to be cautious with Adrian Peterson so as not to overuse him. Much of that concern could be tied to the rash of injuries to key offensive players that have ravaged the NFL. A look around the league shows that the injury bug has devastated a lot of offenses.

The Vikings haven't been immune. Starting quarterback Tarvaris Jackson and running back Chester Taylor have each missed two games due to injury. But they would seem to be just the tip of the iceberg in a season where injuries to key offensive players has been the norm, not the exception.

* Carnell Williams of the Bucs suffered a season-ending knee injury that has some Tampa news outlets saying could be career threatening.
* Rudi Johnson of the Bengals missed last night's game with the Patriots due to a knee injury. His status remains unknown.
* The Rams are a mess. Steven Jackson is out at least a couple of weeks, four of the projected five starting offensive linemen are out and quarterback Marc Bulger is playing with two broken ribs. In addition, four Rams, including Isaac Bruce and former Vikings Corey Chavous and Raonall Smith, had MRIs done Monday.
* The Saints lost RB Deuce McAllister for the season with a knee injury that required surgery last week.
* The 49ers are going to be without former first overall draft pick QB Alex Smith for at least three to four weeks with an injury to his throwing shoulder, as well as 2006 first-rounder Vernon Davis, who could be sidelined just as long.
* The Colts might be without both Joseph Addai and Marvin Harrison for at least one game.
* Travis Henry said Sunday he thought his season was over when he had his leg bent awkwardly. X-rays showed no breaks or tears, but his status for Sunday is in doubt. To make matters worse for the Broncos, wide receiver Javon Walker is injured and veteran Rod Smith hasn't been able to play all season.
* Redskins RB Clinton Portis is battling knee tendinitis that could sideline him this weekend.
* The Patriots had to play Monday without running back Laurence Maroney, who has a knee injury.
* Buffalo has been playing without QB J.P. Losman, who suffered a strained MCL.
* The Packers finally got Vernand Morency back for the first time since the opening day of training camp when he suffered a knee injury.
* Panther QB Jake Delhomme might need surgery on an injured elbow.
* Lions rookie Calvin Johnson missed Sunday's game with the Bears with a back injury and is questionable for this week.
* Raiders running back LaMont Jordan is out with a back injury.
* Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin has been sidelined with a hip injury.

With most of these injuries occurring just within the last couple of weeks, it may be understandable that Childress wants to limit the touches A.P. gets. With players dropping like flies, it might make sense why he thinks that way.

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