Peterson’s injury a torn meniscus
Adrian Peterson tore the meniscus in his right knee during the Vikings’ 17-14 victory over the Packers on Sunday night. The timetable for a return by the Vikings All-Pro running back is unknown.
“We’re going through the evaluation process, figuring out what options that we have,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Monday. “We’ll have an update as soon as we figure it out.”
Zimmer said Peterson was “sitting down with the doctors,” and he notably didn’t yet rule Peterson out for Sunday’s road game against the defending NFC champion Panthers.
Peterson, who had a well-documented recovery from a 2011 torn ACL and MCL in his left knee, went down on a third-quarter hit and was carried from the field and into the locker room. He left the stadium on crutches, wearing a big brace on his right knee.
Fullback Matt Asiata and t ailback Jerick McKinnon would fill in for Peterson.
The Vikings had already lost starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater for the season to knee surgery. Ware to have surgery: Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware will undergo surgery Tuesday on his broken right forearm and is expected to miss four or five weeks.
During Sunday’s 34-20 victory over the Colts, Ware was hurt when he ran into teammate Von Miller while chasing down quarterback Andrew Luck. Woodhead tears ACL: Running back Danny Woodhead will miss the rest of the season after an MRI revealed that he tore the ACL in his right knee during the Chargers’ 38-14 win over the Jaguars on Sunday.
Woodhead’s i njury leaves the Chargers with just three healthy tailbacks — Melvin Gordon, who was the team’s first-round draft pick in 2015, as well as reserves Kenneth Farrow and Andre Williams. Gruden holds f i r m: Quarterback Kirk Cousins had thrown for 693 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions in the Redskins’ 0-2 start, but coach Jay Gruden said he hasn’t lost confidence in his starter.
“We have total faith that Kirk will get it done,” Gruden said. “He has proven that he can be a successful quarterback in this league.”
Cousins, who’s playing under the franchise tag after a breakout season in 2015, threw a key interception in the end zone during the fourth quarter of the Redskins’ 27-23 loss to the Cowboys on Sunday.
“He’s not going to be perfect every week. And no quarterbacks are,” Gruden said. “It’s just a matter of handling his business, going into work the next day and continuing to get better. Keep his head up and stay confident, stay poised.” Extra points: Browns rookie QB Cody Kessler will start against the Dolphins in place of Josh McCown, whom coach Hue Jackson said likely will miss two games because of a shoulder injury he suffered during Sunday’s loss to the Ravens. ... Cowboys DE Randy Gregory withdrew the appeal of his 10-game suspension for multiple violations of the league’s substance abuse policy and now will be suspended 14 games in full, ESPN reported.