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Adrian Peterson Injury: Vikings Running Back Not Likely To Play Against Falcons, According To A Report

ESPN's Stephanie Bell is reporting that Minnesota Vikings' running back Adrian Peterson isn't likely to return to actionthis week against the Atlanta Falcons after suffering a high-ankle sprain in last week's game. According to Bell, several players this season have been diagnosed with similar injuries and have needed more than one week to recover.

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.

Even if Peterson is somehow able to play, he would likely be limited and less than 100 percent which could force the Vikings to spread carries between several other players. 

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