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Updated: November 29th, 2010 1:33pm
Frazier: Ankle sprains for Peterson, Edwards; evaluation ongoing

Frazier: Ankle sprains for Peterson, Edwards; evaluation ongoing

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Adrian Peterson and Ray Edwards still were going through the evaluation process early Monday afternoon, Minnesota Vikings interim coach Leslie Frazier said, and the injury each player suffered in Sunday's 17-13 victory at Washington continued to be classified as a right ankle sprain.

Also, Frazier revealed left guard Steve Hutchinson sprained a thumb and would undergo an MRI and X-rays to determine the extent of the damage.

Peterson and Edwards players left the game in the second quarter, and though they came out of the locker room in uniform after halftime, neither returned to the game. They were scheduled to undergo MRIs on Monday, and Frazier repeatedly said the team would know more by Wednesday, when the Vikings are scheduled to return to practice.

That the Vikings may enter the practice week uncertain of their All-Pro halfback's status is a significant concern for a team that clearly plans to forge a run-first identity under Frazier.

Asked specifically if Peterson's injury might be something more severe such as a high ankle sprain, Frazier said, "No, it hasn't been determined yet. We'll learn more as the day goes on and probably for sure when we come back on Wednesday."

Frazier did say Peterson approached him and wanted to return to Sunday's game -- conflicting somewhat with Peterson's postgame statement he couldn't have returned.

"I just got our trainer to fill me in on where he was," Frazier said. "They just said, 'Nope, let's hold him.' That's what I'll do again. I'll defer to our trainers. They'll tell me when he's ready to go."

The Vikings are not yet looking at free-agent running backs, according to Frazier, but may do so once they know the extent of Peterson's injury.

Edwards' injury is "similar to Adrian's," Frazier said, offering no further details.

Hutchinson apparently suffered his injury in the second quarter as well, but trainers taped the thumb and he stayed in the game.

"I just saw him a moment ago," Frazier said. "I just shook my head, because I know he was in pain, but he continued to play, and for an offensive lineman who's using his hands all the time, that's not an easy task."

In other injury-related news:

• Rookie cornerback Chris Cook is battling swelling in both of his surgicall repaired knees, Frazier said. "On Friday, he really wasn't pushing off the way we needed him to," Frazier said of Cook, who was inactive on Sunday a week after getting benched in a loss to Green Bay. "Just thought it wouldn't be wise to try to get him on the field and go out and perform. We were counting on him up until that point."

• Receiver Sidney Rice had only one catch on Sunday, three days after sitting out practice to rest his surgically repaired hip. But Frazier said Rice is "pretty close to 100 percent. He took a day off on Thursday just to make sure he'd come into the game fresh, and we'll monitor where he is as we prepare for this game also. But he's as close to 100 percent as he's going to get. He just has to continue to get reps in game situations and the timing will come over a period of time."

• Frazier confirmed Peterson's backup, rookie Toby Gerhart, sustained a shoulder stinger on Sunday. No. 3 halfback Albert Young was inactive, so fullback Naufahu Tahi would have taken over as the primary backup if Gerhart hadn't returned, Frazier said.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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