Adrian Peterson 'out of whack' with ankle injury but still has big day
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Adrian Peterson had his two longest runs of the season on Sunday. And he did it on only one good ankle.
Peterson said he injured his left ankle on the first of his 17 carries for 88 yards (5.2 average). But he continued to get time through the end of the third quarter, when the Minnesota Vikings had all but sealed their 30-7 win over Tennessee.
"The whole game I was fighting through it," said Peterson, who got up slowly after several plays. "The wrong tackle aggravates it, but I got through it."
Six of Peterson's 17 carries went for loss or no gain as the Titans swarmed the line of scrimmage. He went into halftime with just 35 yards on 10 carries despite breaking a 22-yarder on a draw play late in the second quarter.
"I couldn't cut, and I was trying to test it out," Peterson said. "That threw my focus off. I was hesitant on some plays, but the guys kept me encouraged and I bounced back the second half."
His first carry of the second half went for 34 yards on another draw play, though, and he also had a 17-yarder before exiting. His previous long run this season went for 20 yards on Sept. 23 against San Francisco.
Asked if he was pleased about his performance, Peterson said, "No, I was out of whack. I was thinking about my ankle too much because it was tender. I had to come in second half and readjust. I did all right the second half, but I can do better than what I did."
Peterson also was one of eight players to catch a pass from Christian Ponder and had three receptions for 15 yards.
Toby Gerhart closed out the game and had 41 yards on six carries (6.8 average), including a 22-yarder of his own. Ponder scrambled three times for 31 yards. And Percy Harvin ran twice for 8, including a 4-yard touchdown.
As a team, the Vikings ran for 175 yards on 31 carries (5.6 average) -- one reason they controlled the clock, with possession for 33 minutes, 6 seconds.
"Our offensive line had a great game," Peterson said. "Unfortunately, I didn't play well the first half and that was just because of low energy and lack of focus. Overall, our offense did a pretty good job."