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Peterson's remarkable recovery not surprising

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Peterson's remarkable recovery not surprising

When Adrian Peterson walks into FedEx Field on Sunday, it will no doubt be an emotional moment for the Vikings’ running back.

The last time he played there, Peterson left the turf seated on a cart, his season – and perhaps his livelihood – in jeopardy. An MRI later revealed the four-time Pro Bowl selection had suffered a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee after a hit from Redskins safety DeJon Gomes.

Injuries such as the one Peterson suffered can often derail a career or, at the very least, diminish productivity. But he beat the odds and returned to the Vikings’ lineup for Week 1 – more than two months sooner than the majority of players who sustain similar ligament tears.

“If you hold your head down during [difficult] situations,” Peterson said on a conference call with Washington area reporters this week, “it doesn’t help the process. It was a little bit tough at home on Christmas [the day after the injury], but I just had to change my mind frame and head in the direction I had set for myself.”

Not only has Peterson recovered faster than most, he’s 95-percent of the player he was prior to the injury, Minnesota Coach Leslie Frazier estimates.

“He’s pretty close,” Frazier said. “If you ask him, he’ll probably say he’s about 5-percent away from being where he needs to be. The runs he’s made the last couple of weeks tells me that he’s real close to being the Adrian that we’re so familiar with.”

Peterson enters Sunday’s game ranked seventh in carries (96) and eighth in rushing yards (420) for a Vikings’ team that’s off to a surprising 4-1 start.

Through the first five games of 2011, Peterson averaged 4.5 yards per carry. The 27-year-old is averaging 4.4 this season.

“He’s still explosive. Still making all the cuts. Still running hard,” Redskins nose tackle Barry Cofield said. 

A year ago, Peterson had already missed three games with an ankle injury when his fifth NFL campaign took a sharp – and painful – turn for the worse in the Vikings’ eventual 33-26 victory over the Redskins. He was carrying the ball into the end zone when Gomes hit him on the side of his knee in the third quarter.

Peterson still looks away when video of the injury is shown on television.

He also said he doesn’t hold a grudge against Gomes.

“I don’t think anything was done intentionally,” Peterson said. “He was just out there playing ball and it happened. I don’t have anything against him.”

Redskins’ safety Madieu Williams, who played alongside Peterson as a member of the Vikings from 2008-2010, said Peterson’s dogged determination is the biggest reason for his remarkable return.

“Knowing the work ethic he has and dedication he has for the game of football,” Williams said. “It doesn’t surprise me at all.” 

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Redskins Hopkins named NFC special teams player of the week

Redskins Hopkins named NFC special teams player of the week

On Sunday Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins booted five field goals against the Giants, including the game winner with 1:51 left to play. Today he received reccognition for his day. 

Hopkins was named NFC special teams player of the week, the first member of the Redskins to get the honor since Kai Forbath got in Week 8 in 2014. 

Hopkins has not missed a field goal all year, hitting 11 of 11. His 5 for 5 performance on Sunday tied the team record for field goals in a game without a miss, somthing that has been accomplished only five times. 

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The Sports Junkies on Odell Beckham Jr.: 'He's a wreck'

The Sports Junkies on Odell Beckham Jr.: 'He's a wreck'

On Sunday, Odell Beckham Jr. caught seven passes for 121 yards against the Redskins. However, also on Sunday, Odell Beckham Jr. got into a fight — and lost — with a piece of sideline equipment, had to be calmed down by Eli Manning and, at one point, looked like he was in tears.

Following the contest, Giants head coach Ben McAdoo made some comments about Beckham needing to become less of a distraction. So, during their Wednesday show, the Sports Junkies gave their take on whether or not the star receiver's behavior was an issue.

To put it simply, they roughed him up like that piece of sideline equipment from MetLife Stadium. 

LURCH: Of course it was... How is it not? How is it not a distraction?

CAKES: He was fighting with the practice net. Of course it's a distraction.

LURCH: He was screaming at everybody on the Giants' sideline.

CAKES: He was crying on the sideline.

E.B.: Why is it always a receiver?

LURCH: That guy's a mess.

E.B.: It's always a receiver.

CAKES: Because they're high-strung divas.

LURCH: He's a wreck.

E.B.: Receivers are the worst.

LURCH: He's a great player, but man, what a wreck he is.

Watch the full segment in the video player above to fully digest the Junkies' disgust, unless you're a Giants fan.

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