Peter­son’s in­jury a torn menis­cus

Baltimore Sun - - RAVENS & NFL -

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.

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