MRI on Adrian Peterson's ankle showed only a sprain, Frazier says
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An MRI on Adrian Peterson's right ankle showed only a sprain, Minnesota Vikings interim coach Leslie Frazier said on Tuesday, but the All-Pro halfback's status remains questionable for Sunday's game against Buffalo.
"We don't think it's any more than an ankle sprain," Frazier said during an interview with the "Reusse & Mackey" show on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities. "Now it's just a matter of what he can or can't do."
Peterson limped off in the second quarter on Sunday at Washington after Redskins linebacker Lorenzo Alexander tackled him on a running play. He tried to get the ankle loose on the sideline into the third quarter but never returned to the game.
Frazier had been vague about Peterson's status during his Monday media conference, saying the evaluation process was ongoing. It's assumed Peterson will be limited if he participates at all when practice resumes on Wednesday.
"We'll know a little more (Wednesday) as he tries to put some weight on it and move around," Frazier said. "We're anxious to find out how he comes along."
In other injury news, Frazier said the team will "have to kind of wait and see how" left end Ray Edwards progresses during the week from his own right ankle sprain, and left guard Steve Hutchinson's hand "is so swollen" Frazier is surprised he finished Sunday's game after injuring a thumb.
"Most guys -- I don't think they would have finished that game," Frazier said. "But he's a tough guy mentally and physically and it never came up -- 'Hey, coach, I don't know if I can finish.' ... That never entered his mind."
Frazier on Monday described Hutchinson's injury as a sprain, but his description of the swelling makes it worth wondering if the thumb might be fractured.
The complete interview with Frazier was scheduled to air at 12:35 p.m. on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.