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Peterson's remarkable recovery not surprising


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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Facebook Live pres. by Paisano's: Previewing London with Ryan Kerrigan

Facebook Live pres. by Paisano's: Previewing London with Ryan Kerrigan

Ryan Kerrigan joined CSN on Facebook Live, presented by Paisano's, to preview the Redskins' game in London and much more.

Some highlights: 

- Previewing Redskins-Bengals in London

- Free time in London

- How the team's game plan changes week-to-week

- The origin of his sack dance

Watch below.

Rich Tandler is talking live with Ryan Kerrigan at Paisano's Pizza and taking your questions ahead of the Washington Redskins' trip across the pond to take on the Bengals.

Posted by CSN Mid-Atlantic on Tuesday, October 25, 2016


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Redskins vs. Bengals: London game time, TV channel, how to watch

Redskins vs. Bengals: London game time, TV channel, how to watch

The Redskins and Bengals are headed across the pond for a pivotal Week 8 game in London, England.

The Redskins (4-3), saw their four-game win streak snapped in Week 7 thanks to a heartbreaking 20-17 loss to the Lions. The Bengals (3-4) snapped a two-game losing streak with a 31-17 win over the Browns in Week 7.

With the game taking place in London, the start time is going to be different than your typical Sunday. Much different. 

The NFL International Series Game between the Redskins and Bengals takes place at the world-famous Wembley Stadium, the host venue for the FA Cup and English National Soccer Team. The Week 8 game in London will be the Redskins's second regular season international game, having played the Buffalo Bills in Toronto on Oct. 30, 201l.

The Redskins have played overseas twice, both games coming in the preseason. They played at Wembley Stadium during the 1992 preseason and in Osaka Japan during the 2002 preseason.

When does time does the Redskins-Bengals game in London start? How can I watch the Redskins-Bengals game? CSN Mid-Atlantic has those questions (and more) covered.


Week 8 Redskins vs. Bengals game information:

Who: Washington Redskins vs. Cincinnati Bengals

What: Week 8 of the 2016 NFL Season (NFL International Series Game)

Where: Wembley Stadium. London, England

When: 9:30 a.m. ET on Sunday, October 30

TV Channel: FOX

TV Announcers: Kenny Albert (Play-by-Play), John Lynch (Color), Pam Oliver (Sidelines)

How to Watch: Redskins Kickoff begins at 8:30 a.m. ET on CSN Mid-Atlantic (Channel Finder)

Live Stream: NFL GamePass

Radio: ESPN 980, Redskins Radio Network

Point Spread: Bengals -2.5

Over/Under: 45.5



Week 1 (Mon. 9/12): 16-38 loss, Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1)

Week 2 (Sun. 9/18): 27-23 loss, Dallas Cowboys (0-2)

Week 3 (Sun. 9/25): 29-27 win, New York Giants (1-2)

Week 4 (Sun. 10/2): 31-20 win, Cleveland Browns, (2-2)

Week 5 (Sun. 10/9): 16-10 win, Baltimore Ravens, (3-2)

Week 6 (Sun. 10/16): 27-20 win, Philadelphia Eagles (4-2)

Week 7 (Sun. 10/23): 17-20 loss, Detroit Lions (4-3)

Week 8 (Sun. 10/30): vs. Cincinnati Bengals,  9:30 a.m. ET in London — FOX

Week 9 (Sun. 11/6): BYE WEEK

Week 10 (Sun. 11/13): vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1:00 p.m. — FOX

Week 11 (Sun. 11/20): vs. Green Bay Packers, 8:30 p.m. — NBC

Week 12 (Thurs. 11/24): at Dallas Cowboys, 4:30 p.m. — FOX

Week 13 (Sun. 12/4): at Arizona Cardinals, 4:25 p.m. — FOX

Week 14 (Sun. 12/11): at Philadelphia Eagles, 1:00 p.m. — FOX

Week 15 (Mon. 12/19): vs. Carolina Panthers, 8:30 p.m. — ESPN

Week 16 (Sat. 12/24): at Chicago Bears, 1:00 p.m. — FOX

Week 17 (Sun. 1/1): vs. New York Giants, 1:00 p.m. — FOX