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Notebook: Adrian Peterson says he’ll get further evaluation on injured ankle

By Andrew Krammer

MINNEAPOLIS — Adrian Peterson said Sunday that he would get further evaluation done on his left ankle after suffering what he called an ankle sprain in the second quarter Sunday near the end of a 9-yard run.

Peterson was injured when his ankle got twisted as he was being tackled by Bears defensive lineman Will Sutton.

“I knew it wasn’t anything too serious like a broken bone or torn ligament but it hurt like heck initially,” he said. “Once I was able to put pressure on it, I felt comfortable. But I knew I was going to have to kind of be able to get my mind … psyche myself out to get back out there and play.”

Peterson, who had 12 carries for 56 yards when he was injured, went to the locker room before halftime but returned in the third quarter and accumulated only seven more rushing yards on six carries before being lifted with the Vikings comfortably ahead.

“Initially, I was (worried),” Peterson said. “You know I came in (to the locker room) and was sitting around for a little bit, they taped it up and it got a little stiff on me. When I got out and was able to move around and get the muscles and tendons back firing, it got to a point where I was OK and I could go.”

Peterson said he had to “fight a little bit” with the coaching staff and athletic trainers to get back in the game. “Once I looked them in the eyes and told them, ‘Hey, I’m good,’ I was able to get back out there,” he said. “Once we went up by 21, it was more so, ‘Just be smart and let these guys go and get the job done.’”

Back in the mix

Stefon Diggs’ touchdown-less streak spanned six games, or the time between matchups with the Bears.

Diggs ran a fade route and caught a 15-yard touchdown to put the Vikings on the board, ending his scoreless span since his last touchdown on Nov. 1 at Soldier Field. The ball was one of Teddy Bridgewater’s more accurate downfield passes in his second NFL season.

“Yeah, it was a front pocket as we call it,” Diggs said. “Everyone has a front pocket where you keep your pens and your notepads, but that is where he threw it at. And it was a perfect place.”

Diggs caught three balls on four targets for 55 yards and two touchdowns, including a 33-yard catch and run on a crossing route for his second score.

Receiver Mike Wallace also chipped in his longest play as a Viking, streaking down the middle of the field for a 34-yard grab.


Matt Forte starting things off with a 35-yard carry up the middle, which was eventually called back because of a holding call drawn by Sharrif Floyd.

Overall, the Bears found success on the ground against a Vikings’ defense without linebacker Anthony Barr, safety Harrison Smith or nose tackle Linval Joseph. But, once the Vikings’ offense jumped out to a 10-0 lead by the second quarter, Chicago became predictably one-sided with Jay Cutler.

“Today’s game was unusual,” Bears coach John Fox said. “Then we fell behind and had to throw it a little more than in prior games to stay in the game. I think we gave up more sacks than we had as well.”

The Vikings harassed Cutler to the tune of six pass deflections and five sacks on 42 drop backs.

A brief exit

Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes, who was assigned to cover Chicago’s top receiver, Alshon Jeffery, had to leave the game briefly in the second quarter after he helped break up a Cutler pass intended for Jeffery in the end zone.

Rhodes collided with a teammate and Jeffery on the play and hobbled off the field. He was replaced by rookie Trae Waynes, but was able to return for the final series of the first half.

Rhodes wasn’t sure who he collided with but said it was “knee on knee” hit. “It wasn’t scary at all,” he said when asked about whether he was worried. Rhodes also had to leave last week’s game in Arizona briefly with a right wrist injury.

Right place, right time

Justin Trattou has a nose for the football. Perhaps the Vikings should give him a look in the secondary.

With the Bears already down two touchdowns, Jay Cutler dropped back in the fourth quarter and attempted to dump a screen pass to running back Matt Forte. But Trattou, the defensive lineman just re-signed earlier this week, read it perfectly, quit his pursuit of the quarterback and timed jump to intercept the pass.

The Vikings waived Trattou on Dec. 8, but he found his way back onto the roster when the Vikings waived defensive back Shaun Prater this week. The defensive lineman now is second on the team with two interceptions, one pick behind cornerback Terence Newman. The two interceptions in one season also ties a Vikings record for defensive lineman, matching Jared Allen (2010), Kevin Williams (2007) and Tim Newton (1985)

The post Notebook: Adrian Peterson says he’ll get further evaluation on injured ankle appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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