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Adrian Peterson Injury Update: Vikings Running Back Likely Out This Week, According To ESPN

Adrian Peterson's injury status won't be revealed officially until later this week, but the early indications are that his high-ankle sprain will likely keep him out of the Minnesota Vikings game this weekend. The running back has already said he plans to play, but that seems to be a long-shot in reality.

The high-ankle sprain isn't an easy injury to return from for most football players and, as ESPN's Stephania Bell reports, there have been numerous players that have been forced to sit out longer than expected with the same injury.

Earlier this year there was optimism that St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford would play the week following a high ankle sprain; he missed two games. Dallas Cowboys running back Felix Jones returned last week after missing four weeks with his high ankle sprain. While no two injuries are identical, the concern over proper healing of a high ankle sprain to prevent future problems and the demands of the running back position suggest Peterson will miss this week and perhaps longer.

The Daily Norseman has looked at the Vikings' possible replacements if Peterson is definitely ruled out for the game against the Atlanta Falcons, for those interested, and there really isn't a clear cut choice.

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