Judging from the approach Vikings interim coach Leslie Frazier took in discussing Adrian Peterson's sprained right ankle during his news conference Monday, it sounds as if we might be in for a week of "will he or won't he play," Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.
Frazier confirmed he has been told Peterson suffered a sprained ankle in the second quarter in Sunday's victory at Washington -- that was the assumption once Peterson left the game and did not return but Frazier said immediately afterward he had not been given a diagnosis -- but added that the MRI was not complete.
"We are still going through the process and just trying to determine the severity of it," Frazier said of Peterson's injury. "We’ll probably learn a little bit more, probably on Wednesday when we come back and just see what he can or can’t do."
Frazier does not know if Peterson actually has a high ankle sprain, which would be considered worse than a standard sprain. One issue for Frazier will be Peterson's likely attempt to play Sunday, even if that might not be in his best interest.
Edwards, Hutchinson hurting
Frazier said that Pro Bowl left guard Steve Hutchinson suffered a sprained thumb and defensive end Ray Edwards has a right ankle sprain that is "similar to Adrian's."
Hutchinson also is having an MRI to determine the extent of his injury. Frazier said he thought Hutchinson was injured in the second quarter but he continued to play after having his thumb taped. "I just saw him a moment ago," Frazier said during his news conference. "I just shook my head, because I know he was in pain, but he continued to play, and for an offensive lineman who’s using his hands all the time, that’s not an easy task."