Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier is hopeful that running back Adrian Peterson, who suffered a grade 1
left high ankle sprain last week in the first quarter against Oakland, will be able to play against the Falcons on Sunday.
“We are going to see how he progresses in the next day or two,” Frazier said on Wednesday. “Hopefully on Friday, we’ll see if we can get him out of that boot and see if he can move around some. Then we’ll make a determination from there.”
The grade one sprain is the least severe of the three high ankle sprains.
If Peterson is not able to play, Frazier he will start second-year running back Toby Gerhart. Also, Lorenzo Booker would see some action.
“You’ve seen where we’ve used [wide receiver] Percy [Harvin] [in the backfield also as well,” Frazier said.
Peterson has rushed for 872 yards on 186 carries and scored 11 touchdowns. Gerhart has 24 carries for 118 yards. Booker has four rushes for 34 yards.
The Falcons (85.4 yards per game) have the No. 2 ranked run defense in the league.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog