An update on Adrian Peterson's condition


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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Morning tip: Under Scott Brooks, Wizards roster is much younger than a year ago

Morning tip: Under Scott Brooks, Wizards roster is much younger than a year ago

The decision on the final 15-man roster for the Wizards represents yet another significant shift under coach Scott Brooks.

After the preseason finale Friday, he kept rookie free agents Daniel Ochefu, Sheldon McClellan and Danuel House as the team prepares for the Oct. 27 regular-season opener at the Atlanta Hawks.

Brooks has re-focused the Wizards on defense, revamped the offense and has cut down on practice time to keep his players fresh.

The latter is a major about-face of the Wizards’ philosophy under then-coach Randy Wittman, who ran longer and more frequent practices. The Wizards had the previous two days off before the 119-82 rout of the Toronto Raptors. They’re practicing Saturday and will be off Sunday.

"It's great," point guard John Wall, who had surgeries to clean up both knees on May 5, of having more recovery time. "Coach understands us as players, (we) come in with the mind-set of whatever we got to do, get it done. A lot more focused than we've (been) in the past. It's a new beginning for all of us."

By simply taking a look at the 15-man rosters to start the season in 2015-16 and 2016-17, the direction that Brooks is heading with personnel also is vastly different.

Last season, the Wizards began with seven players 30 and over (Nene, Jared Dudley, Kris Humphries, Marcin Gortat, Gary Neal, Alan Anderson and Drew Gooden). They had two who were 29 (Garrett Temple and Ramon Sessions). Only five players were 27 or younger.

Now, the roster has Gortat at 32, Jason Smith at 30 and Ian Mahinmi will be 30 next month. Marcus Thornton is 29.  The other 11 on the roster are 27 or younger.

Wittman, who said on multiple occasions that he had input on makeup of his rosters, preferred more experienced players and had the freedom to use those pieces how he saw fit. Heavy practice time for an older roster might've backfired during a 41-41 season when there was an injury rash.

Brooks has gone with energy and potential upside. Even though this roster is younger, he was brought in by president Ernie Grunfeld, in part, to do a better job with development which is why sticking with Ochefu (22), McClellan (23) and House (23) follows the blueprint.

The defensive intensity of McClellan and House when they were on the floor together was noticeable. Ochefu earned more time when Mahinmi went down with a knee injury.

Brooks can’t play all 15 and someone has to be on the inactive list when the regular season begins, but House, McClellan and Ochefu will have opportunties that might not have been there previously. 

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Preview: Will Ravens or Jets snap losing streak this weekend?

Preview: Will Ravens or Jets snap losing streak this weekend?

What: Ravens (3-3) at Jets (1-5)

When: Sunday, 1 p.m.

Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N. J.



OUT – LB Elvis Dumervil (foot), LB C. J. Mosley (thigh).

DOUBTFUL – S Kendrick Lewis (thigh), WR Steve Smith Sr. (ankle), LB Terrell Suggs (biceps), CB Shareece Wright (thigh), G Marshal Yanda (shoulder).

QUESTIONABLE – WR Kamar Aiken (thigh), QB Joe Flacco (shoulder), RS Devin Hester (thigh), CB Jerraud Powers (thigh), CB Jimmy Smith (concussion), LT Ronnie Stanley (foot).


OUT – TE Braeden Bowman (knee), LB Darron Lee (ankle), OL Brent Qvale (neck), TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (ankle).

QUESTIONABLE – OL Ryan Clady (shoulder), OL Nick Mangold (knee), DL Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle).

Five questions you should ask:

1. Can you expect either of these struggling teams to play well?

The Ravens have lost three straight. The Jets have lost four straight. But while the Jets appear headed for another bleak season, the Ravens could actually end Sunday tied for first place in the AFC North, if they win, and if the Steelers (4-2), minus Ben Roethlisberger, lose to the Patriots. 

2. Will quarterback Geno Smith spark the Jets?

Benching Ryan Fitzpatrick for Smith looks like a panic move by the Jets. But if you’re the Jets, it’s time to panic. Over their last four games, they have averaged just nine points per game, and Fitzpatrick had an NFL-leading 11 interceptions in his first six games. And you thought the Ravens had offensive issues.

3. How will Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco play?

Flacco’s injured throwing shoulder kept him out of practice until Friday. Those who know Flacco best expect him to play. But when he needs extra zip on the ball, will he have it? Will the sore shoulder affect his accuracy? Even before injuring his shoulder, Flacco hadn’t been consistent throwing the football this season. Flacco needs to avoid mistakes that make it easier for the offensively-challenged Jets to score points.

4. Will Jets WR Brandon Marshall dominate the Ravens’ secondary?

Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. took over the game in Week 6 against the Ravens, once Jimmy Smith left the game with his concussion. If Jimmy Smith plays, he may not be 100 percent, and with Shareece Wright and Jerraud Powers also battling injuries, Marshall (27 catches, 433 yards) could have a big game.

5. Will the Ravens’ offense look better in Marty Mornhinweg’s second week as coordinator?

The Ravens moved the ball well early against the Giants, but still struggled in the red zone and in short yardage. Mornhinweg was the Jets’ offensive coordinator not long ago (2013-14) so he knows their personnel well. If the Ravens score more than 20 points, they probably win, because the Jets seldom do.


Jets 19, Ravens 17

Even with Flacco playing, the other injuries will hurt the Ravens. They have never lost four straight under John Harbaugh, but be prepared for that to happen. The Ravens need the bye in Week 8 to get healthy, and to get right.

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