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Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier didn't have an update on the status of running back Adrian Peterson, who suffered a sprained right foot in Sunday's 29-26 loss to the Ravens.
Peterson will see a foot specialist on Monday as further evaluation along with more X-rays and a CT scan.
"Well, it’s a little painful," Peterson said. "Obviously it kept me out of the game. The MRI came back great so that’s good. Just got to get a CT scan to make sure the bone is OK."
Peterson said a Lisfranc injury has been ruled out. The foot was still sore in the locker room, but Peterson said it didn't swell up too much.
"Initially you don’t know exactly what’s going on when you’re feeling it," Peterson said. "That initial contact definitely didn’t feel good. I was kind of worried. But kind of cleared up a little bit after getting the MRI. I’ll see how things play out after the CT scan."
Peterson wants to play, but Frazier said the team’s record, 3-9-1, will factor into whether the running back returns this season.
“Depending on what we find out, it’ll factor in,” Frazier said. “We’ll find out more this afternoon and make a decision from there, but you can’t ignore that fact.”
Tight end Kyle Rudolph was placed on injured reserve, Frazer announced. He suffered a broken foot on Nov. 3 against the Cowboys and was expected to return in 4-6 weeks. The team hoped Rudolph would practice this week, but he wasn’t ready to make that step.
Quarterback Christian Ponder was cleared to practice on Monday after suffering a concussion last week against the Bears. Frazier didn’t announce a starting quarterback for Sunday’s game against the Eagles.
Running back Toby Gehart strained his hamstring at the end of Sunday’s loss, Frazier said, and will be day-to-day.
Cornerback Xavier Rhodes (ankle), guard Brandon Fusco (knee) and tight end John Carlson (concussion) are all day-to-day. Rhodes was still walking around in crutches in the locker room, but he was not wearing a boot.
Wide receiver Greg Childs was placed on the physically unable to perform list.
The morning after a 29-26 loss to the Ravens, we take a look at the Vikings’ snap distribution on offense and defense.
Offense: 66 snaps
QB Matt Cassel – 66 snaps (played 100% on offense)
QB Josh Freeman – DNP
Despite the snow and freezing rain, the Vikings threw more (38 attempts) than they ran the ball (25). Cassel started with Christian Ponder inactive (concussion) and went 17 of 38 for 265 yards and two touchdowns with an 86 quarterback rating.
RB Toby Gerhart – 44 (67%)
FB Jerome Felton – 18 (27%)
RB Adrian Peterson – 16 (24%)
Peterson left the game in the second quarter due to a sprained right foot. Gerhart took over as the lead running back and broke off a 41-yard touchdown right up the middle with 1:27 left. Gerhart did lose the ball once that resulted in the only touchdown in the first half. He knee appeared down before the ball was loose, but the officials upheld the original call after review.
Gerhart finished with 15 carries for 89 yards. Peterson had seven carries for 13 yards before the injury.
Wide Receiver/Tight End
WR Greg Jennings – 56 (85%)
WR Cordarrelle Patterson – 50 (76%)
WR Jerome Simpson – 40 (71%)
TE John Carlson – 39 (59%)
TE Rhett Ellison – 32 (48%)
WR Joe Webb – 10 (15%)
WR Jarius Wright – 7 (11%)
TE Chase Ford – 6 (9%)
Patterson reached 50 snaps in a game for the first time this season. He scored on a 79-yard screen pass on third down with 45 seconds left that was the longest play of the game.
Jennings led the unit with 10 targets, but he finished with five catches for 53 yards. Simpson caught his first touchdown pass during his two seasons with the Vikings for eight yards with 14:22 left in the game. He finished with four catches for 48 yards.
Tight end John Carlson was evaluated for a concussion after taking a big hit in the third quarter.
G Charlie Johnson – 86 (100%)
C John Sullivan – 86 (100%)
T Matt Kalil – 86 (100%)
T Phil Loadholt – 64 (97%)
C Joe Berger – 61 (92%)
G Brandon Fusco – 5 (8%)
Fusco left the game due to a knee injury in the first quarter and played just five snaps. Berger filled in at right guard for the rest of the game and was called for a personal foul penalty on an 18-yard run by Patterson that had the Vikings at the 2-yard line. They settled for a field goal on the drive.
The unit didn’t give up a sack after allowing 11 in the last two games. Ravens linebacker Elvis Dumervil did not play due to an ankle injury.
The offensive line also had some nice blocks on Patterson’s 79-yard screen pass for a touchdown. The Vikings averaged 4.6 yards per carry and finished with 114 yards.
QB Christian Ponder, G Jeff Baca, T Mike Remmers, TE Kyle Rudolph, WR Rodney Smith
Defense: 85 snaps
DE Jared Allen – 78 (92%)
DE Brian Robison – 64 (75%)
DE Everson Griffen – 59 (69%)
DT Kevin Williams – 53 (62%)
DT Sharrif Floyd – 34 (40%)
NT Letroy Guion – 34 (40%)
NT Fred Evans – 28 (33%)
Allen and Robison each recorded a sack in the first half, bringing both of their season totals up to seven each (tied for team-high). The front line had five quarterback hits, including two from Floyd, who had a solid game in 34 snaps.
Ravens running back Ray Rice was bottled up as he’s been for most of the season. He had 17 carries for 67 yards. Surprisingly, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco had team’s longest run for 22 yards.
LB Audie Cole – 85 (100%)
LB Chad Greenway – 85 (100%)
LB Erin Henderson – 7 (5%)
LB Marvin Mitchell – 5 (6%)
Henderson was expected to play more as the outside linebacker, but the Vikings hardly used an outside linebacker. Henderson and Mitchell combined for 12 snaps as the defense remained in the nickel for most of the game.
Cole lead the team with 12 tackles, followed by Greenway’s 11 tackles. Greenway played well with an interception, a tackle for loss and a pass defended.
Greenway was called for pass interference on the final drive that led to the game-winning touchdown with four seconds left. Players and head coach Leslie Frazier complained about some of the calls in the game, including Greenway’s pass interference.
SS Jamarca Sanford – 85 (100%)
CB Chris Cook – 84 (99%)
FS Andrew Sendejo – 80 (94%)
SS Robert Blanton – 74 (87%)
CB Xavier Rhodes – 60 (71%)
CB Marcus Sherels – 21 (25%)
Sendejo and Sherels each had an interception, matching the secondary’s total for the season (both previous interceptions by Harrison Smith). Sherels filled in for Rhodes, who left in the fourth quarter due to an ankle injury. Rhodes said after the game he “rolled” his ankle.
The secondary contained Flacco up until the final minutes of the fourth quarter when he recorded two of the Ravens’ three longest plays in the game. Their offense scored two touchdowns in the final 2:05 on drives of 64 and 80 yards.
CB Josh Robinson, DT Chase Baker
A slippery field that hampered both teams early turned the game into a track meet late.
Marlon Brown caught a 9-yard pass from Joe Flacco with nine seconds left to give the Ravens a 29-26 victory over the Vikings on Sunday in Baltimore.
There were 36 points scored in the final 2:05.
Corderrelle Patterson turned a short pass from Matt Cassel into a 79-yard touchdown with 45 seconds left to give the Vikings a 26-22 lead. But the Ravens drove down for the winning score, thanks a questionable pass interference call on Chad Greenway that nullified an Andrew Sendejo interception.
Jacoby Jones returned a pooch kick 77 yards for a touchdown with 1:16 remaining to give the Ravens a 22-19 lead as the teams combined for 29 points in a 1:20 span very late in the game.
The Vikings took a 19-15 advantage on Toby Gerhart’s 41-yard touchdown run with 1:27 left.
But Jones returned Blair Walsh’s short kick down the left sideline for a score as Walsh failed to push him out of bounds at the 35.
The Vikings then scored quickly as Patterson shocked the Ravens defense with his catch and run. As it turned out, 45 was too much time to leave the Ravens.
Snow hampered both teams for most of the game, and the Vikings lost star running back Adrian Peterson to a foot sprain in the first half. Backup Gerhart’s scoring run gave him 89 yards rushing.
The Ravens took a 15-12 lead by scoring on a 64-yard drive late in the fourth quarter.
Flacco threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Dennis Pitta with 2:05 remaining in the game to give the Ravens a 13-12 lead, and Flacco hit Torrey Smith for the two-point conversion and a 15-12 lead. The conversion was an eight-yarder after the Ravens were penalized. Pitta’s touchdown, which came on a fourth-down play, was set up by a 36-yard pass interference penalty on Robert Blanton.
The Vikings claimed their first lead at 12-7 on an 8-yard scoring pass from Cassel to Jerome Simpson early in the fourth quarter, but Cassel’s conversion pass to Greg Jennings was off target.
The Vikings had three interceptions in a game for the first time since the opening game of the season. Greenway, Sendejo and Marcus Sherels had the picks.
The Ravens hold a 7-3 lead over the Vikings at M&T Stadium in a winter (and sloppy) wonderland. Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is questionable to return due to an ankle injury.
The good: Linebacker Chad Greenway had a solid half with an interception, pass deflection and a tackle for loss. It’s his third interception this season, matching a career-high. The defense held the Ravens to 103 total yards in the snowy conditions. Defensive end Brian Robison and Jared Allen each recorded a sack.
The bad: Running back Toby Gerhart fumbled in the first quarter that resulted in the only Ravens score in the half. Gerhart’s knee appeared down before the ball spilled out, but the officials stood by the initial call after review. The Ravens scored on a one-yard touchdown catch from tight end Ed Dickson on a four-play, 25-yard drive.
The ugly: Snow may be visually pleasing, but it’s not football weather. The conditions made for an ugly first half where both teams had a number of drops. Players kept slipping, forcing the grounds crew to use tractors to plow between the hashmarks. They’re also using shovels to remove snow on the five-yard markers and the goal line.
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is questionable to return due to an ankle injury suffered in the second quarter.
Peterson injured his ankle when he was tackled on a third down catch with 11:27 left in the first half. He was helped off the field and eventually carted into the locker room. Peterson had X-rays according to the broadcast and walked on his own power inside the tunnel.
Peterson had seven carries for 13 yards in the snowy conditions. Toby Gerhart replaced Peterson at running back on the next series.
Update: Peterson has been officially ruled out. The broadcast said Peterson has left the stadium to a nearby hospital for an MRI.
It'll be the Gerhart show in the backfield in the second half.
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