Wednesday’s NFL roundup: Vikings’ Peterson questionable vs. Packers
Eden Prairie, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson did not practice on Wednesday and his outlook for the game against Green Bay on Saturday is in question.
Peterson says he had “a couple of nicks” that he was getting treatment for after playing his first game in three months on Sunday.
Peterson played 12 snaps in his return from surgery on a torn meniscus in his right knee, but the Vikings lost to the Colts, 34-6.
“I’m just taking it one day at a time, resting up,” Peterson said. “Just came out with a couple of nicks and taking it one day at a time to see how it feels.”
Peterson rushed for 22 yards on six carries and had a fumble deep in Colts territory in the loss that likely knocked the Vikings (7-7) out of the playoffs.
Before he returned for that game, Peterson said he likely would not play if the Vikings were eliminated from playoff contention because it wouldn’t make sense to risk further injury.
The Vikings (7-7) have not been officially eliminated, but are far down the list of NFC teams jockeying for a berth.
Falcons Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones moved closer to his return from a toe injury by joining full-speed drills in Wednesday’s practice.
Jones has missed two straight games with a sprained toe. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said Jones ran full speed but only in limited parts of the session.
“It was his first time back in a few weeks,” Shanahan said. “You don’t want him to just take all the reps. We were being careful with him and hopefully he’ll be able to go on Sunday.”
Despite missing two games, Jones still leads the NFL with 1,253 yards receiving.
Linebacker De’Vondre Campbell (concussion) and tight end Austin Hooper (left knee) did not practice.
... Dolphins center Mike Pouncey says the hip injury that ended his season isn’t career threatening, and he’ll be ready for the team’s offseason program.
... The Titans have promoted cornerback D’Joun Smith to the active roster from the practice squad after putting defensive lineman Karl Klug on injured reserve with a torn left Achilles tendon.
... Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller (knee) will miss the entire season after Chicago decided not to activate the third-year pro before Wednesday’s deadline.
... Jets quarterback Bryce Petty was a full participant at practice and is on track to start at New England on Saturday. Coach Todd Bowles says Petty was cleared after the quarterback suffered a bruised chest against Miami last week.
... Panthers three-time All-Pro middle linebacker Luke Kuechly says he’s not considering retiring from playing football after his second NFL concussion in as many years.
Kuechly has missed seven games in the past two years because of concussions, including the last four.