An update on Adrian Peterson's condition

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An update on Adrian Peterson's condition

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MANKATO, Minn. (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings are aiming to put Adrian Peterson in for some exhibition game carries before they clear him for the regular-season opener. In order to get to that point, the star running back will have to start practicing. That could come next week. The coaching and medical staffs will evaluate Peterson's left knee after the Vikings return from San Francisco, the site of their first preseason game Friday night. "I'm looking forward to being out here pretty soon. I've been out for like two weeks, and it's time to get going," said Peterson, who tore the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments last December. "I know that they understand that, and they've been watching and they've been getting good feedback. So I'm sure they are pretty much as excited as I am." Coach Leslie Frazier said Peterson's pushing to join the team for practice has been "never ending," but Peterson said Wednesday he's let up on his lobbying. "Everything I'm hearing is extremely positive so we'll see where we are," Frazier said. The date that matters most is Sept. 9, when the Vikings (No. 29 in the AP Pro32) play Jacksonville to start the season. Frazier said again there's no indication Peterson won't be able to take part in that game. "Everything he's done he's right on point, but I say that without him ever participating in a drill with his teammates," Frazier said, declining to commit to a certain number of practices Peterson will need before he's allowed to play in the preseason. The Vikings don't want his first big blow from a defender to come in a game that counts. They'd rather him get that out of the way in August. Peterson said he thinks that would help him. "I'm ready to get hit. It might sound strange, but just to get that feel," Peterson said, pointing to his patellar tendon area in particular. That still "feels funny" as part of the recovery from the injury. So whenever he returns to the backfield, he'll continue to apply his "don't waste today" mindset toward the rehabilitation work, knowing it will all pay off once he's able to start taking those handoffsl again. "Anytime they give me the ball, I'll be ready to tote the load," Peterson said. Peterson also said he won't have to return to Houston for court, where he has a resisting arrest charge against him from a closing-time incident at a nightclub there last month. Hearings are scheduled for Sept. 27 and Nov. 15, but his attorney will represent him. "I feel like we're in a good position right now. The most important thing is no more interruptions. So it won't interfere with what's going on with the Minnesota Vikings, my team, so we'll just see how things play out," Peterson said.

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Wall: 'It's just the beginning of the new John Wall era'

Wall: 'It's just the beginning of the new John Wall era'

The John Wall rehab from two knee procedures is on track according to the man himself. The Wizards point guard wants you to see a glimpse of what he's doing and what he's thinking.

Wall posted a video of himself sweating like Patrick Ewing in the fourth quarter while on a treadmill.

"It's that late night grind, man," Wall says into the camera. " It's 5 in the morning. I'm in the gym...I'm trying to do something special. It's just the beginning of the new John Wall era. ...Trying to get into the best shape of my life."

The Wizards open training camp next month and the regular season Oct. 27. It's unclear whether Wall be ready by then. It seems apparent he's doing what he can to make sure he is.

(H/t Bullets Forever)

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Dixon helped off field with injury in second quarter

Dixon helped off field with injury in second quarter

BALTIMORE – Ravens rookie running back Kenneth Dixon was injured during the second quarter of Saturday night’s preseason game, with what appeared to be left knee injury, according to CSN’s Brett Harris. Dixon was helped off the field and taken to the locker room.

Losing Dixon for a significant period would rob the Ravens of a young player with promise as a playmaker. A fourth-round pick, Dixon was the Ravens’ rushing leader for the half when injured with six carries for 41 yards. He has shown explosiveness, ability to a make people miss, and solid hands as a receiver out of the backfield. 

While the Ravens also have Justin Forsett, Buck Allen, and Terrance West in their backfield rotation, Dixon had already shown the potential to be an impact rookie.

There was no immediate word on the severity of Dixon’s injury, but an update was expected after the game, if not before.

MORE RAVENS: WATSON OUT FOR SEASON 

UPDATE 27 AUGUST 2016, 9:12 P.M.

Dixon will likely undergo an MRI to determine the severity of the injury and more details should be available Sunday or Monday. Coach John Harbaugh will likely address the issue postgame.

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Five ways losing TE Watson for season impacts Ravens

Five ways losing TE Watson for season impacts Ravens

BALTIMORE – The 2016 season ended suddenly for Ravens tight end Ben Watson with a torn Achilles injury. Here are five ways losing Watson will impact the Ravens:

1. Suddenly, the Ravens are short on healthy tight ends.

Dennis Pitta has a fractured finger, and he has not played since 2014, when he fractured his hip for the second time. Even if Pitta is ready Week 1, his durability will be a concern. Crockett Gillmore is entering his third season, but his physical playing style takes a toll on his body. Maxx Williams missed his second straight gameSaturday with an injury that coach John Harbaugh has not disclosed. Darren Waller is suspended four games to start the season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, while Nick Boyle is suspended 10 games to start the season for violating the NFL’s performance enhancing drug policy. Remember when people were saying the Ravens had too many tight ends. Now they may not have enough.

2. Daniel Brown’s chance to make the team has increased.

The backup tight end may make the 53-man roster out of necessity. Before Watson’s injury, a scenario in which Brown made the roster was hard to envision. But if the Ravens are worried about the health of other tight ends, they may decide to keep Brown, at least until Waller is available.

3. Waller’s suspension looks more costly, but his importance to the team could increase.

Waller has looked good in training camp, converting from wide receiver to tight end in his second season. Once he returns from suspension in Week 5, Waller could find a role on Sundays.

4. You may see a decrease in Ravens two tight-end formations.

Offensive coordinator Marc Trestman likes using two tight-end sets. But losing Watson hampers that plan, because he is effective as both a receiver and blocker. Gillmore is a capable blocker, but Pitta and Williams are better receivers than blockers.  

5.  Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome could add a tight end before Week 1.

If somebody cuts a tight end the Ravens like, they could make a move.