Adrian Peterson needed help removing pads

Brian Tinsman
October 14, 2018 - 4:56 pm

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports


Whether his shoulder was dislocated, strained or torn in Week 5, here's what we know: Adrian Peterson's shoulder hurt a lot when he took the field in Week 6.

But the team was already without backup running back Chris Thompson, so Peterson gritted his teeth and rushed for 97 yards, his second-highest total of the season.

That included this play in which he lost his shoe in a defender's facemask and scampered for another 20 yards:

After the game, his head coach praised his performance.

"Our backs were very good. Adrian, I can't say enough about what he did today as far as playing through the pain," Jay Gruden told the media. "The shoulder, the knee--what a pro he is."

Meanwhile, in the locker room, Peterson required some help in getting out of his pads, as reported by Brian McNally:

That's a gritty performance, and could lead to limitations for No. 26 for the rest of the season.

The Redskins knew coming into this game that Peterson would be limited as a receiver and in pass protection as a result of this shoulder injury. That proved true, as Peterson finished with zero receptions and zero targets. Recasting Peterson as a one-dimensional asset makes his performance even more impressive, as Peterson can only help the team by running the ball.

How many other running backs can average nearly six yards per carry when the defense knows what is coming?


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