Washington announced Wednesday that it exercised Peterson's $2.5 million team option for the 2020 season.
Washington can still clear out cap space if Peterson is released at a later date, but it makes sense to keep him around after Derrius Guice managed just five regular-season appearances through his first two years in the NFL. Elsewhere in the Washington backfield, Chris Thompson is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent, while 2019 fourth-round pick Bryce Love (knee) is expected to compete for a role. Peterson will turn 35 in March.
Peterson carried the ball 13 times for 78 yards in Sunday's 47-16 loss to the Cowboys.
He also caught one of four targets for zero yards. Peterson showed he was still a capable lead back late in the season after Derrius Guice (knee) got hurt once again, amassing 355 rushing yards and four TDs over the last five games. The future Hall of Famer has one year left on his current contract with Washington that carries a reasonable $3 million cap hit, but whether Peterson returns to the club or has to look for a job elsewhere in the offseason will depend on who gets hired as the new head coach, as well as the health of both Guice and 2019 fourth-round pick Bryce Love (knee).
Peterson (toe) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game in Dallas.
Peterson was held out of practice Thursday before returning as a full participant Friday. He's seen 31 carries and five targets in two games since Derrius Guice (knee) was placed back on injured reserve, dominating playing time on early downs while Chris Thompson has handled the majority of the passing-down work.
Peterson's absence from practice Thursday was attributed to a toe injury on the Redskins' official practice report.
Despite Peterson's appearance on the report, all indications are that he was receiving a maintenance day Thursday and isn't any real danger of sitting out the Week 17 game in Dallas. The 34-year-old is in line to lead Washington's rushing attack in the season finale and has a good chance to reach the 1,000-yard scrimmage threshold for the 10th time in his 13-year career. He'll enter Sunday just 38 yards shy of the benchmark.
Peterson received a rest day Thursday, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.
For most of the final three months of the season, Peterson has been listed on Redskins' practice reports with an injury of some type, primarily a toe issue. On the first Week 17 version Wednesday, he wasn't included at all, meaning his typical Thursday DNP can be chalked up as a true vet day off. Look for Peterson to continue leading his team's backfield Sunday in Dallas while Chris Thompson and Wendell Smallwood provide support.
Peterson carried 15 times for 36 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 41-35 loss to the Giants. He also caught two passes for 19 yards.
Peterson struggled against a respectable Giants run defense, averaging just 2.4 yards per carry on the day. He salvaged his performance with a one-yard touchdown plunge in the fourth quarter and chipped in with a pair of catches as well. Peterson has now scored a rushing touchdown in four consecutive games and will look to finish off his age-34 season on a high note next Sunday against the Cowboys.
Peterson (toe) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Giants.
Peterson returned to full practice participation Friday after his customary rest day Thursday. He's the unquestioned lead runner in Washington now that Derrius Guice (knee) is on injured reserve, landing in an excellent position to see double-digit carries for a fifth consecutive week. Peterson posted a 16-66-1 rushing line and a 3-25-0 receiving line on 60 percent snap share during last week's 37-27 loss to Philadelphia. He's now set to face a Giants defense that ranks 15th in fantasy points allowed to running backs and fifth in yards allowed per carry (3.9).
Peterson (toe) didn't practice Thursday, Craig Hoffman of 106.7 The Fan Washington reports.
Peterson is getting his customary day off from practice, but there's little worry about his availability for Sunday's game against the Giants. Assuming he ditches his designation Friday, per usual, he'll be the Redskins' lead back this weekend versus the NFL's 22nd-ranked run defense (115.1 yards per game).
Peterson rushed 16 times for 66 yards and a touchdown while catching all three of his targets for another 25 yards in Sunday's 37-27 loss to the Eagles.
Peterson worked as the lead back in this one, with Josh Ferguson siphoning off only three carries for nine yards. The future Hall of Famer tied Walter Payton for fourth all-time with his 110th career rushing touchdown, reversing field after his initial lane was blocked off to find the end zone from 10 yards out. With Derrius Guice (knee) on IR, Peterson should continue to carry the mail in a favorable Week 16 home matchup against the NFC East rival Giants.
Peterson (toe) was a full participant in Friday's practice and doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Eagles.
The toe injury prevented Peterson from practicing a day earlier, but his ability to take every rep during the final session of the week implies that his absence Thursday may have maintenance-related more than anything else. With his health intact, Peterson should be in position to lead the Washington ground attack for the final three games of the season after Derrius Guice (knee) landed on injured reserve earlier this week.
Peterson (toe) missed Thursday's practice.
Per usual, Peterson is getting his weekly respite as he tends to a lingering toe issue. Expect him to ditch the designation Friday, at which point he'll be primed to take on a full workload out of the Redskins' backfield. With Derrius Guice (knee) landing on IR this week, Peterson only has to contend with Wendell Smallwood, Chris Thompson and Josh Ferguson for reps down the stretch.
Peterson (undisclosed) was held out of practice Thursday, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
Peterson is receiving his customary Thursday off, and while the previous DNPs more or less have been maintenance-related, an injury (likely his toe) will be referenced on the Redskins' second Week 15 practice report. Confirmation will arrive Thursday afternoon.
Peterson is expected to serve as the Redskins' undisputed No. 1 running back for the rest of the season after Derrius Guice (knee) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Kareem Copeland of The Washington Post reports.
Chris Thompson, Wendell Smallwood and Josh Ferguson are the other remaining backs on the 53-man roster, but all three profile as change-of-pace options or pass-catching specialists and aren't likely to challenge Peterson for the lead ball-carrying duties like Guice had. After Guice was forced out early in the Week 14 loss to the Packers, Washington turned to Peterson (20 carries for 76 yards and a touchdown) as its workhorse. Despite being listed on the Redskins' initial Week 15 injury report with a toe issue, Peterson practiced in full Wednesday and should be in line for significant volume in Sunday's game against the Eagles.
Peterson rushed 20 times for 76 yards and a touchdown in the Redskins' 20-15 loss to the Packers on Sunday.
Peterson ended up seeing a true lead-back workload with Derrius Guice exiting the contest early due to a knee injury. At 34 years of age, Peterson has logged at least 20 carries in three games overall this season, and with 718 rushing yards and three games remaining, he retains an outside chance at a second consecutive 1,000-yard campaign. Peterson could be in for solid volume once again Week 15 against the Eagles if Guice is forced to miss that contest.
Peterson (toe) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's contest at Green Bay.
Peterson was afforded the day off Thursday to rest a lingering toe injury, but otherwise he was listed as a full participant in the Redskins' other two practices this week. The team seems to be operating with a committee approach to its backfield since Derrius Guice returned from IR in Week 11. In three games in the meantime, Peterson has totaled 35 touches for 178 yards from scrimmage and one touchdown, while Guice has gobbled up 31 touches for 244 yards from scrimmage and three TDs.
Peterson (toe) took part in Friday's practice, Kyle Stackpole of the Redskins' official site reports.
Peterson was held out of Thursday's practice to rest his toe, but it was suspected that his absence was mainly for maintenance reasons. His return to work Friday puts him back on track to take the field Sunday against the Packers.
Peterson (toe) didn't practice Thursday.
Despite going from FP on Wednesday to DNP one day later, Peterson's standing isn't in question due to the regular maintenance he receives on a weekly basis. Expect the Redskins to clarify his availability for Week 14 upon the release of Friday's injury report.
Peterson was absent from Thursday's practice, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
The Redskins have given Peterson regular maintenance days this season, so he's likely getting the day off to tend to his most-recent health concern, a toe injury. Despite having Derrius Guice back in the fold the past three games, Peterson still has racked up 35 touches for 178 yards from scrimmage and one TD. Meanwhile, Guice has turned 31 touches into 244 yards from scrimmage and three TDs in that same span.
Peterson carried 13 times for 99 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 29-21 win over the Panthers.
Peterson led the team in carries and averaged an impressive 7.6 yards per tote in this strong performance. He capped off his day with a 12-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, which was his first since Week 2 against the Cowboys. Peterson appears to be in a rather even timeshare with rookie Derrius Guice at the moment, but this outing was a reminder that he can still produce given the right matchup. He will now turn his attention to next Sunday's date with a beatable Packers run defense.
Peterson (toe) doesn't have a designation on the final injury report for Sunday's game against the Panthers.
Chris Thompson (toe) is expected to return from a lengthy absence and should have a larger role than what third-string option Wendell Smallwood has held the past couple weeks. Peterson and Derrius Guice are still the favorites to get carries, but it's a muddled, crowded backfield in arguably the NFL's worst offense. There isn't much cause for optimism, even in a matchup with Carolina's lousy run defense (5.0 yards per carry allowed).
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