Redskins running back Adrian Peterson had a rough game in Monday night’s blowout loss to the New Orleans Saints. Peterson appeared to suffer a hyperextended knee on the game’s first snap as he was hit in the leg by Saints defensive back P.J. Williams. He somehow returned to the game, and later in the second quarter then suffered a dislocated shoulder when he was tackled on the sidelines during a reception.
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Peterson caught a pass out of the backfield and turned into a 24-yard reception, but as he was being tackled, he was driven to the ground on his right shoulder. After the whistle, Peterson was slow to get up and appeared to indicate his shoulder was hurt. His shoulder was popped in place and he actually returned to the game in the second half, as Peterson explained himself.
“It’s not going to keep me out. I came back into the game. It was just a situation where it was sore. I just popped it back in, braced it up at halftime and got back in there,” Peterson said per John Keim of ESPN.
Peterson was limited to just four carries and six yards for the game — all four carries coming in the first half before the dislocated shoulder. Given the score — the Redskins trailed 33-13 after the Saints’ opening third quarter drive — it’s hard to say if the shoulder limited him or the fact Chris Thompson is more of a receiving option at running back than Peterson.
Peterson will have an MRI done on Tuesday, according to Keim. The famed pro football doctor David J. Chao, MD speculates that Peterson may have suffered a labral tear. However Peterson should be able to play through the season with a harness — Note: Chao is not the doctor examining Peterson.
Peterson has been an integral part to the Redskins offense this season. As he gets going Washington is successful. That was painfully obvious on Monday in New Orleans as he struggled the Redskins’ offense struggled.