Peterson (quadriceps) received a veteran rest day Wednesday, Rhiannon Walker of The Athletic reports.
According to Kareem Copeland of The Washington Post, Peterson appeared on the Redskins' initial Week 7 practice report with the injury, though it doesn't appear to be anything worrisome. The 34-year-old's practice activity this week will be worth monitoring nonetheless, especially with Chris Thompson (toe) also hurting. Peterson gashed Miami's defense for 118 yards on 23 carries in the Week 6 win, but he'll have a tougher time finding open running room Sunday against the undefeated 49ers.
Peterson ran for 118 yards on 23 carries and added 18 yards on two catches during Sunday's 17-16 win over the Dolphins.
Peterson took an inside handoff early in the second quarter and kept bouncing outside until he found daylight, hustling up the field for a 25-yard gain to set up Washington's first score of the contest. The yardage more than doubled Peterson's previous longest carry of the season and was one of several chunk plays the veteran back delivered against a weak Miami run defense. The performance increased Peterson's per-carry rushing average from 2.7 yards to 3.6, but he should find more resistance Sunday from a 49ers run defense that has been among the league's best.
Peterson said Wednesday that he's excited about the prospect of receiving more carries in Washington's Week 6 game in Miami, Zach Selby of the team's official site reports. "When you think about the guys up front and what we can do from the running back room as well...even though it's been slim the past five weeks, [new interim head coach Bill Callahan has] seen enough to know that we can make the run game the focal point of our offense and build off of that," Peterson said. "It makes us feel good."
Count Peterson as an early fan of Callahan, who spoke at his introductory press conference about his desire to install a more run-dominant offense than his predecessor, Jay Gruden, favored. Game flow more than anything may explain why the Redskins are averaging an NFL-low 17.6 rushing attempts per contest, as the 0-5 squad has frequently been forced to abandon the run while finding itself trailing by large margins in second halves. At least for one week, Washington may have find a rare opportunity to control the game script, as the winless Dolphins are the only team in the NFL with a worse point differential (minus-137) than the Redskins (minus-78).
Peterson rushed seven times for 18 yards and wasn't targeted in the passing game in Sunday's 33-7 loss to the Patriots.
Washington actually hung around longer than expected -- only trailing 12-7 at halftime -- but Peterson failed to get much going while the game was close and was phased out of the game plan once the Redskins fell behind and needed to lean on the pass. On the bright side, Week 6 might represent Peterson's best chance to rack up heavy volume, as he'll take on perhaps the only team that's looked worse than the Redskins so far in the 0-4 Dolphins.
Peterson gained 28 yards on 11 carries during Sunday's 24-3 loss to the Giants.
Peterson received double-digit carries for the third straight game, but his 2.5 yards per carry continued a theme of inefficiency in his play. In fact, Peterson has totaled just 90 yards on 33 carries (2.7 yards per carry) through Week 4 while making a minimal impact as a pass-catcher (four receiving yards on five targets). With that said, the Redskins don't have many viable alternatives for carries at the moment and should continue to use Peterson until they fall far enough behind to abandon the run game. This will likely remain the case in next Sunday's home matchup with the Patriots.
Peterson rushed 12 times for 37 yards in Monday night's 31-15 loss to the Bears.
Peterson also caught his lone target, but was dropped for a three-yard loss. With the Bears defense constantly swarming, Peterson unsurprisingly found little room to run, but he at least led the Redskins with 12 carries. Still, with an average of merely 2.8 yards per attempt so far, Peterson hasn't done much in his two appearances, hurting his stock despite a potentially favorable matchup against the Giants in Week 4.
Peterson carried 10 times for 25 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Cowboys. He also caught both his targets for an additional seven yards in the 31-21 loss.
Peterson got the start in this one and put his team in front with a one-yard touchdown run at the start of the second quarter. It was a struggle for the rest of the game, however, and he finished averaging just 2.5 yards per carry. Moreover, the team all but abandoned the run after getting down on the scoreboard -- a theme that could continue throughout the season. Peterson is slated to start on a weekly basis now that Derrius Guice (knee) is injured, but he'll face another tough matchup next Monday at home against the Bears.
Peterson is in line to start in place of Derrius Guice after the latter had surgery to repair a torn meniscus, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
Less than a week removed from being a healthy scratch in the Redskins' season opener, Peterson will be the early-down back as long as Guice is sidelined. Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Guice is "out indefinitely," so Peterson appears as if he'll get an extended run in the role. Peterson will yield passing-down reps to Chris Thompson, but the 34-year-old should be relevant after accounting for 1,042 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground last season.
Peterson is slated to start Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Coach Jay Gruden confirmed as much Wednesday, while providing a non-update on Derrius Guice's (knee) health. With Guice trending toward inactive status Week 2, Peterson is set to take on an early-down role this weekend, which equated to 15.7 carries per contest a season ago.
Peterson's teammate, Derrius Guice, is expected to miss time with a knee injury, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
As a result, Peterson quickly goes from healthy scratch to a candidate to head Washington's rushing attack Week 2 in Guice's absence. Meanwhile, we'd expect Chris Thompson to maintain his change-of-pace role, with Wendall Smallwood, who carries special teams utility, also on hand.
After Sunday's 32-27 loss at Philadelphia, coach Jay Gruden said "there is for sure" room for Peterson on the game-day roster moving forward, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Prior to Sunday, Peterson seemed to be in danger of being a healthy scratch, and the release of the Redskins' inactive list revealed as much. Gruden noted that the team required an extra player on special teams, which happened to be reserve RB Wendell Smallwood. Considering Derrius Guice occupies the lead role and Chris Thompson is the change-of-pace option, Gruden decided to shelve Peterson in Week 1. Perhaps an upcoming roster crunch will be easier to swallow for Gruden, but Peterson may be a regular scratch if little changes in the rest of the backfield, health-related or otherwise.
Peterson (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Sunday at Philadelphia, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
There were rumblings in recent days that coach Jay Gruden was leaning toward making Peterson a healthy scratch, and indeed it came to pass. The decision is a bit odd after Peterson salvaged the ground game for the Redskins last season in the wake of Derrius Guice's knee woes, notching 1,042 rushing yards, 20 catches and eight total touchdowns in 16 games. Because Guice has returned to health and Chris Thompson is on hand for pass-catching duties, Gruden prefers that his third active RB has special-teams prowess, which Peterson doesn't boast. Wendall Smallwood will take on such duties Week 1.
The Redskins plan to make Peterson inactive in a coach's decision for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network report.
Peterson enjoyed a strong comeback effort last season, amassing 1,042 yards on the ground while chipping in 20 receptions, his most since 2015. Despite the productive showing, the 34-year-old was overtaken on the depth chart at running back this preseason by second-year man Derrius Guice, who staged a successful return from a torn ACL. With Guice on hand to handle the lead-back role and Chris Thompson reprising his usual duties on passing downs, the Redskins weren't expected to have much room in the Week 1 game plan for Peterson, who also doesn't contribute on special teams. At this point, the veteran looks like he may only be insurance in the event Guice succumbs to another injury.
Coach Jay Gruden didn't commit to Peterson being active for Sunday's game in Philadelphia, Ben Krimmel of 106.7 The Fan reports. "Ifs, you know. If the hurricane hits then we won't have a game, so I don't know," Gruden said. "We've got a lot of ifs we've got to worry about."
To be fair, Gruden didn't really comment on Peterson, instead dancing around the question with the standard nonsense coach-speak. The idea has some merit, as teams don't usually keep three running backs active without having any of them contribute on special teams. With Derrius Guice serving as the lead runner and Chris Thompson still expected to be a fixture on passing downs, Peterson appears to be the odd man out -- now it's just a question of whether that means a healthy scratch or a minimal contribution.
Coach Jay Gruden said Peterson won't get as many carries as Derrius Guice, Grant Paulsen of The Athletic reports.
It sounds like Guice will be the lead ballcarrier, with Peterson mixing in as a change of pace and Chris Thompson handling most of the passing downs. Peterson's role is probably the least valuable for fantasy purposes in the short term, though he could mix in some productive weeks if he gets goal-line carries. Any upside in terms of volume likely involves Guice getting demoted or suffering an injury.
Peterson didn't suit up for Thursday's preseason win in Atlanta.
While the majority of the Redskins' first-team offense played the entire first half of Thursday's preseason win in Atlanta, Peterson remained on the sideline, yielding all the RB reps to Derrius Guice and Chris Thompson. Peterson also was absent from Monday's practice, but the DNP was chalked up as a vet day off, per Craig Hoffman of 106-7 The Fan Washington. With one exhibition remaining on the team's slate, there's little reason to risk Peterson's health in advance of Week 1, when he'll serve in some sort of timeshare with Guice on early downs.
Peterson carried the ball four times for 31 yards in the Redskins' second preseason game against the Bengals on Thursday.
Peterson received carries on the team's first two offensive drives. He made an immediate impression, breaking off a 26-yard gain on his first rush of the contest. Entering the season with 13,318 career-rushing yards, Peterson has nothing to prove in preseason action, though he appears prepared for his 14th professional season. With Derrius Guice (knee) still not cleared for contact, Peterson could be in line to receive the bulk of the team's carries to begin the campaign.
Peterson (ankle) returned to practice Sunday.
Briefly sidelined by an ankle injury, Peterson otherwise seems to have enjoyed good health throughout spring and summer practices. He was held out of the preseason opener along with a slew of other key veterans, but he could get a few carries in the second or third week of the exhibition slate. The 34-year-old is facing competition from Derrius Guice (knee), who still hasn't been cleared for full contact but appears on track for a game appearance before the end of the preseason. With Chris Thompson set to handle passing-down work, Washington may open the season with a three-headed backfield.
Peterson is expected to sit out Monday's practice while tending to a mild ankle injury, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Peterson missed the Redskins' previous session due to the issue, but coach Jay Gruden said there was little concern about the veteran running back's health heading into the regular season. Though the 34-year-old could be subjected to limited reps during the exhibition slate as a result of the injury, that likely would have been the case even if he was at optimal health. Peterson finished the 2018 season as Washington's top back, but he'll face stiffer competition for reps this season with Derrius Guice and Chris Thompson back to full strength early in training camp.
Peterson agreed Wednesday to re-sign with the Redskins on a two-year, $8 million contract, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
Peterson was a 16-game starter his first season in Washington, producing 4.2 yards per carry and eight total touchdowns even as the rest of the team's offense collapsed amidst an onslaught of injuries. His role for 2019 largely depends on the health of 2018 second-round pick Derrius Guice, who seems to be making good progress after dealing with some early setbacks in his recovery from the ACL tear he suffered in the preseason. The Redskins ideally would like to use Peterson in a complementary role during his age-34 season, but they know he'll be up to the task if Guice isn't ready to lead the way. With Chris Thompson being a fixture on passing downs, the Washington backfield appears awfully crowded.
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