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Updated: November 28th, 2010 12:57pm
Adrian Peterson injures ankle, leaves game in 2nd quarter

Adrian Peterson injures ankle, leaves game in 2nd quarter

by Tom Pelissero
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LANDOVER, Md. -- Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson left Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins with a right ankle injury and did not return.

Redskins linebacker Lorenzo Alexander appeared to land on Peterson's ankle at the end of a rushing play with about 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter. Peterson -- who had tied the score at 7 with a 5-yard touchdown run and departed with 70 combined yards on seven touches -- limped off and received attention on the trainer's table.

He emerged minutes later with the ankle taped and his return was announced as probable. But Toby Gerhart got all the work on the Vikings' final series before halftime and again on the opening series of the second half, as Peterson -- with helmet on -- tried to get the ankle ready on the sideline. Peterson's return later was downgraded to questionable.

Peterson wasn't the only key player injured in the second half. Left end Ray Edwards limped off with 43 seconds remaining in the half, and Brian Robison opened the second half in Edwards' place.

Safety Husain Abdullah dropped out briefly in the third quarter with an apparent left ankle injury but returned on the next series.

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