Peterson sustained a mid-foot sprain in the second quarter on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens when
X-rays were negative on Peterson's foot and a MRI showed no structural damage or chance of a Lisfranc injury. He is still scheduled to undergo a CT scan and the Vikings plan on sending the results of his tests to a specialist.
After getting the results Monday evening, the Vikings determined that Peterson would have to spend time in a walking boot and prove that he can run once he is out of the boot. Peterson was confident Monday that he would be able to play on Sunday, but it's unlikely the star will see action.
If past history shows any indication of how long it will take Peterson to get back on the field, it is not looking good for the rest of the season. Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray missed six weeks last season with a mid-foot sprain and Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew is averaging a career low 3.5 yards per carry this year after a Lisfranc injury in 2012 and spraining his foot again this year.
ESPN injury analyst Stephania Bell says, "What is often the case is, guys will feel much better [a day or two after a sprain]. They say, 'This isn't so bad. I can walk around on it.' And then they try and run."
Peterson had been leading the NFL in rushing yards before Sunday's game, and now ranks second to Philadelphia's LeSean McCoy by 84 yards. The reigning NFL MVP has been a quick healer in the past, returning from ACL surgery after just nine months to run 2,097 yards last season. However, with a record of 3-9-1 and being eliminated from the playoffs with their loss on Sunday, the team may not feel the need to rush him back.
References: ESPN and CBS Sports.
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