The Vikings have fielded one of the NFL’s weakest running attacks thanks to a league-low 70 rushing yards per game. Fortunately for Minnesota, help may soon be on the way.
Former MVP Adrian Peterson is targeting a mid-December return from the knee injury that’s kept him out of the lineup since Week 2, according to a report from ESPN’s Ben Goessling. He could return for the final two games of a regular season that’s been equal parts inspiring and frustrating for the Vikings.
The team placed Peterson on injured reserve in September after successful surgery to repair a torn meniscus. The move allowed Minnesota to add another player to their 53-man active roster while their star running back recuperated from the injury. They signed former Broncos tailback Ronnie Hillman to split carries with Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon.
Following the game, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said this to reporters: “I don’t know when he can come back, but he has a hamstring injury.”
On Monday, Lewis said it’s a strain and that he’ll definitely miss the team’s Week 12 game against the Baltimore Ravens, but could still come back before the end of the season.
The loss of Green is bad news for the Bengals, who are fighting for a playoff spot in a tough AFC North division, but it looked like it could’ve been much worse news. With its top playmaker expected to miss time, Cincinnati will have to depend on its rushing attack and other players to step up.
This season, Green has 66 catches for 964 yards and four touchdowns.
That was the first time the word retirement had ever crept into my head.
Cleveland has had six different quarterbacks under center this season because of injuries, including Pryor, a former college quarterback. Browns quarterbacks are being hit too often to offer consistent play, and having to rotate in other players at quarterback because of injuries deprives the offense of the continuity it needs to win games.