QAdrian Peterson
RB ARI (8)
4 weeks ago

The Cardinals are expected to release Peterson (neck) in the offseason, Mike Jurecki of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM reports.

EDGE Analysis

After a spectacular 10-year stint with the Vikings to begin his career, Peterson was allowed to explore the open market and eventually landed a deal with the Saints in late April. Only days after the move, 2017 third-round pick Alvin Kamara joined Peterson and Mark Ingram in a suddenly cluttered backfield. Once the regular season commenced, Peterson seemingly was a victim of too many mouths to feed, earning 27 carries combined in the first four games of the season. On the heels of a Week 5 bye, the Saints sent him to the RB-needy Cardinals, who lost David Johnson (wrist) in Week 1. Finally back in a leading role, Peterson averaged 23 touches per outing over the next six games before sustaining a season-ending injury of his own. In an offseason in which he turns 33 years old, Arizona's decision likely will come down to cap concerns, as his salary is accompanied by a $3.5 million hit in 2018, and the presence of a healthy Johnson.

QAdrian Peterson
RB ARI (8)
2 months ago

Peterson (neck) will be placed on injured reserve, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Peterson hasn't had any reps in practice since injuring his neck against the Jaguars in Week 12. His season is now over. Kerwyn Williams will continue to receive a large workload in the backfield as a result, with D.J. Foster and Elijhaa Penny also getting some touches.

QAdrian Peterson
RB ARI (8)
2 months ago

Peterson will undergo weekly scans on his neck, which will guide the Cardinals' decision-making process with the veteran running back, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Backing up head coach Bruce Arians' assertions that Peterson doesn't have a timetable for a return, the RB has been advised to rest for the time being. Hence the reason for no practice reps since injuring his neck against the Jaguars in Week 12. The aforementioned scans will monitor any progress made in the coming weeks, and if the Cardinals are able to stay the playoff picture, the team will make a decision based on where Peterson stands, health-wise. In the meantime, Kerwyn Williams will continue to receive a large workload, but D.J. Foster and Elijhaa Penny may also snipe a few touches here and there.

QAdrian Peterson
RB ARI (8)
2 months ago

Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday that he has "no idea" if Peterson (neck) would be able to play in any of the Cardinals' final three regular-season contests, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

While it has been determined that Peterson won't require surgery to address the neck injury that has kept him out the last two games, it's apparent that the veteran needs more time off to heal up. Peterson opened Week 15 preparations as a non-participant in practice Wednesday, according to Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site, and at this point, it looks unlikely that he'll be able to rally in time to suit up Sunday against the Redskins. Another Peterson absence would clear the way for Kerwynn Williams -- who has compiled 185 total yards on 37 touches over the previous two games -- to serve as the Cardinals' lead back.

QAdrian Peterson
RB ARI (8)
3 months ago

Head coach Bruce Arians said Friday that there's no time line for Peterson's (neck) return, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Cardinals, namely Arians, have been coy about the nature of Peterson's injury, which he sustained Week 12 in the latter stages of a win against the Jaguars. Until Peterson makes his presence felt at practice, the backfield will be the domain of Kerwynn Williams, who racked up 16 carries for 97 yards this past Sunday against the Rams. Behind Williams, D.J. Foster can expect some reps, primarily as a receiver, while the bigger-bodied Elijhaa Penny gets work in short-yardage situations.

QAdrian Peterson
RB ARI (8)
3 months ago

Peterson (neck) has been ruled out for Sunday's contest versus the Titans, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

In Week 12 against the Jaguars, Peterson injured his neck late in the fourth quarter when he was driven into the turf. He hasn't practiced in the interim, setting up Kerwynn Williams to lead the backfield for a second consecutive game. That said, T.J. Logan will be available in a change-of-pace role while Elijhaa Penny could handle goal-line reps yet again.

QAdrian Peterson
RB ARI (8)
3 months ago

Peterson (neck) is likely not playing Sunday against the Titans, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Peterson did not practice the last two days after sitting out all of last week, so signs are clearly pointing toward him not playing this week. The Cardinals will reveal Peterson's official status for Week 14 when they release their final injury report of the week, and if he is indeed ruled out, Kerwynn Williams would be on track to work as the Cardinals' top running back Sunday.

QAdrian Peterson
RB ARI (8)
3 months ago

Peterson (neck) was held out of Thursday's practice, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Peterson's absence from the Cardinals' fifth consecutive practice -- which included a missed game Week 13 against the Rams along the way -- doesn't seem to offer much encouragement that he'll be available Sunday against the Titans. Before making a ruling on that front, the Cardinals will see if Peterson is able to get back on the practice field in any capacity. If the veteran ends up sitting out another game, Kerwynn Williams, who racked up a season-high 97 yards on the ground last week, would be in line to head Arizona's rushing attack once more.

QAdrian Peterson
RB ARI (8)
3 months ago

Arizona head coach Bruce Arians said Peterson (neck) won't practice Wednesday and the running back's status for Sunday's game against Tennessee remains undetermined, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports. "We'll wait and see," Arians said, regarding Peterson's Week 14 availability. "We're still waiting on he and the doctors to clear him."

EDGE Analysis

After starting for the Cardinals in his first six games with the club since coming over in a trade with the Saints, Peterson was held out of Arizona's Week 13 loss to the Rams with the injury, allowing Kerwynn Williams (16 carries, 97 yards) to pick up a start in his stead. Arians didn't offer much encouragement that Peterson would be able to avoid a second straight absence, but more optimism could come if the veteran is able to get back on the practice field Thursday or Friday. Given how well Williams performed last week, it's possible Arians could split the workload between both running backs in the event Peterson gains clearance for Sunday.

QAdrian Peterson
RB ARI (8)
3 months ago

Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said Monday that he isn't sure if Peterson (neck) will be back for Sunday's game against the Titans, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Arians also noted that he won't have a role in the decision, leaving it up to Peterson and the team's training staff. While famously competitive, even Peterson might question the wisdom of rushing back from a neck injury to play for a team without a realistic shot at making the playoffs. He does have incentives in his contract for certain statistical thresholds, but he'd have little chance to reach any of those benchmarks besides 750 rushing yards even if he were to avoid any further absences. Kerwynn Williams filled in capably during Sunday's 32-16 loss to the Rams, gaining 97 yards on 16 carries. Arians did say last week that Peterson doesn't necessarily need to practice before he's cleared to play in a game.