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Updated: December 8th, 2013 4:21pm
After spraining foot, Peterson critical of fans, referees at Baltimore

After spraining foot, Peterson critical of fans, referees at Baltimore

by Andrew Krammer
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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson exited in the second quarter of Sunday's 29-26 loss at the Baltimore Ravens and did not return. He has a sprained right foot, per coach Leslie Frazier.

The NFL MVP finished with seven carries for 13 yards before he temporarily left the stadium to get more tests. Peterson returned and watched the rest of the game from the sideline.

However, Peterson didn't exactly enjoy his time sitting on the bench in snowy conditions at M&T Bank Stadium. 

Defensive back Robert Blanton and linebacker Chad Greenway were both called for pass interference penalties on late-game scoring drives that led to 15 Ravens' points in the fourth quarter. 

A Toby Gerhart fumble in the first quarter, which appeared would be overturned, was not and led to the Ravens' only first-half score.

Peterson, 28, already played with the formula of missing Wednesday and Thursday practices, giving his groin injury a limited test on Friday before starring on Sundays. It's unclear how much time he'll miss, if any, with the foot sprain. 

"Update on Adrian [Peterson], right foot sprain. We'll have a MRI tomorrow in the a.m.," Frazier said via a live stream from the Vikings' website. "Some of the other guys had to leave the ball game, we'll have more updates later."

The Vikings also had right guard Brandon Fusco (knee), cornerback Xavier Rhodes (ankle) and tight end John Carlson (concussion) exit early on Sunday. Fusco left in the first quarter, spelled by reserve lineman Joe Berger, and did not return.

Rhodes has made a habit of leaving games early, but he usually returns. The rookie cornerback did not return on Sunday after an ankle injury he apparently suffered when defending a route along the sideline in the fourth quarter. Rhodes has started the past three games since cornerback Josh Robinson fractured his sternum in a loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Nov. 17.

Carlson, if diagnosed, would have his fifth documented concussion in his football career as he missed time last year due to brain injuries as well. Carlson was already filling in for the injured Kyle Rudolph, who fractured his foot in a Nov. 3 loss at the Dallas Cowboys.

"Both teams struggled with the conditions, the footing and just the elements themselves," quarterback Matt Cassel said in his press conference after the game.

Andrew Krammer covers the Minnesota Vikings for He previously covered the Gophers men's basketball team for the Minnesota Daily.
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