Adrian Peterson
RB DET (5)
Thu 11/26/20 4:40 PM

Peterson carried the ball 15 times for 55 yards and two touchdowns in Thursday's 41-25 loss to the Texans.

EDGE Analysis

With D'Andre Swift (concussion) inactive once again, Peterson took the lead role on early downs and short yardage for the Lions and was rewarded with a pair of one-yard TD plunges in the first half. Kerryon Johnson saw an identical 15 touches and piled up nearly 100 scrimmage yards, but both RBs figure to take a back seat if Swift is able to recover in time for Week 13's road clash with the Bears.

Adrian Peterson
RB DET (5)
Thu 11/26/20 11:18 AM

Peterson is slated to start Thursday against the Texans with D'Andre Swift (concussion) sidelined for a second consecutive game, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

With Swift sidelined this past Sunday at Carolina, Peterson got the starting nod but took a back seat to Kerryon Johnson, earning 30 percent of the snaps on offense to the latter's 70 percent. It's unclear how the RB reps will break down between the two Thursday, but Peterson hasn't reached double-digit rushes in four straight games and is averaging a pedestrian 3.7 yards per carry on the season.

Adrian Peterson
RB DET (5)
Sun 11/22/20 4:31 PM

Peterson rushed seven times for 18 yards while failing to catch his only target during Sunday's 20-0 loss to Carolina.

EDGE Analysis

Returning to the starting role with D'Andre Swift (concussion) out of commission, the 35-year-old Peterson was unable to get anything going against a Panthers defense that previously had been gashed for the 28th-most yards per rush attempt (4.8) and the 29th-most rushing touchdowns (14) in 2020. While the Lions were disadvantaged by also playing without top receiver Kenny Golladay (hip), trusted possession option Danny Amendola (hip) and a hobbled quarterback - Matthew Stafford was toughing out a thumb injury -- it's beyond clear at this point that Peterson simply lacks the burst he once brought to the table. With that said, Detroit has Houston on deck in a Week 12 Thanksgiving Day matchup. If there's ever a setup where Peterson could eat, it's probably a home matchup against a Texans defense allowing a league-high 5.2 yards per carry, but that's only if Swift remains sidelined.

Adrian Peterson
RB DET (5)
Fri 11/20/20 3:54 PM

Peterson was told to prepare for a starting role Sunday against the Panthers, after D'Andre Swift entered the concussion protocol Thursday before being ruled out for the Week 11 contest a day later, Chris Burke of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

With Swift sidelined, running backs coach Kyle Caskey said Peterson will "lead it off" in Sunday's game against the Panthers, per Chris Burke of The Athletic. Detroit also has Kerryon Johnson on hand, but he's been getting most of his snaps on passing downs, often serving as a blocker. Peterson is the best bet to get the Week 11 start and lead the team in carries, with Johnson and possibly Jonathan Williams handling lesser roles. The Lions have another game coming up four days later on Thanksgiving, which could make it difficult for Swift to avoid a second absence.

Adrian Peterson
RB DET (5)
Sun 11/15/20 7:14 PM

Peterson rushed four times for 21 yards during Sunday's 30-27 win over Washington. He also caught his only target for nine yards.

EDGE Analysis

Peterson ceded starting duties to D'Andre Swift, and the second-round rookie ultimately handled 21 touches while Peterson and Kerryon Johnson combined for six. It will be interesting to see if Peterson will be more in the mix in Week 11 when Detroit plays a Carolina team that just allowed 192 yards to Tampa Bay's Ronald Jones on Sunday, but it seems like the change in starting duties might be more than temporary. If this division of work continues, Peterson won't be worth holding onto in most fantasy formats.

Adrian Peterson
RB DET (5)
Sun 11/15/20 12:35 PM

Peterson is expected to work in a backup role during Sunday's game versus Washington with D'Andre Swift set to make his first career start, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Though Peterson has been serving as Detroit's starter through the team's first eight games, he hasn't handled the typical workload normally associated with that role. Peterson has failed to play more than 40 percent of Detroit's offensive snaps in six of those contests, with his usage most frequently taking a hit when the Lions are trailing and forced into pass-heavy game scripts. The fact that Swift is now getting the start ahead of him could signal that Peterson's role as the Lions' top ballcarrier on early downs may be in jeopardy, though Pelissero notes that Detroit is still expected to use a mix of the two and Kerryon Johnson out of the backfield in Week 10.

Adrian Peterson
RB DET (5)
Sun 11/8/20 9:02 PM

Peterson carried the ball eight times for 29 yards in Week 9 against the Vikings. He added three receptions for 14 yards.

EDGE Analysis

Peterson was once again out-touched by rookie D'Andre Swift and limited to a largely ineffective performance. His longest gain on the ground went for only eight yards, though he did manage to log a 10-yard reception. Peterson has failed to reach more than 10 carries in each of the past two games and his lack of involvement in the passing game limits his opportunity for more touches. He will taken on Washington, his former team, in Week 10.

Adrian Peterson
RB DET (5)
Sun 11/1/20 5:47 PM

Peterson rushed five times for seven yards during Sunday's 41-21 loss to the Colts.

EDGE Analysis

Peterson did predictably little with a season low in rush attempts against a Colts defense that entered the game allowing the fourth-fewest yards per carry (3.5). A pair of Matthew Stafford turnovers certainly didn't help position the Lions for a run-heavy game flow, nor did a number of drive-killing misfires. While the potential absence of Kenny Golladay (hip) could make it harder for the Lions to rebound in Week 9, Detroit will at least get to take on a Minnesota defense allowing the third-most points per game (32.0) in 2020.

Adrian Peterson
RB DET (5)
Fri 10/30/20 3:18 PM

Peterson (abdomen) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Colts, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

Peterson managed a limited practice Thursday before upgrading to full participation Friday. He shouldn't have any limitations from a medical standpoint, but D'Andre Swift's role in the Detroit backfield has grown over the past month, and the Indianapolis defense is getting star linebacker Darius Leonard (groin) back on the field this week.

Adrian Peterson
RB DET (5)
Thu 10/29/20 4:09 PM

Peterson (abdomen) was limited at Thursday's practice, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

After being unlisted on Wednesday's injury report, Peterson notably has an abdominal issue attached to his name Thursday. There's no telling if his availability for Sunday's game against the Colts is in peril, but he recently has been taking a back seat to rookie D'Andre Swift, who has received 30 touches to Peterson's 28 over the last two games. Friday's report could shed light on Peterson's potential to suit up this weekend.