Well, it could have been worse for Adrian Peterson owners. Before AP limped off the field in Week 12 he gave us 70 total yards and a touchdown. If you started him, at least you weren't shutout. We can only imagine the numbers he might have delivered if he'd been given, say, 18 of Toby Gerhart's 22 carries. But instead, Peterson was sidelined by right ankle pain that he later described as "unbearable."Here are the essential details, via the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:Peterson had his ankle re-taped and tested it on the sideline, but he was unable to return. He will have his ankle examined Monday to determine the extent the injury."I would have tried to go out there, that's just the mentality that I have," Peterson said. "Trust me, if I could have went, I would have been out there. But it was just unbearable."Peterson is headed for an MRI; his owners are headed for a sleepless week, monitoring practice reports. Minnesota will face Buffalo in Week 13, the NFL's worst run defense. The Bills have allowed 167.4 rushing yards per game this season and 4.6 per carry. If Peterson is limited, Gerhart obviously gets interesting. He's a bulldozer, just 8 percent owned. Add as needed. It would be a mild surprise if Peterson couldn't face the Bills, but "unbearable" is a strong word. Not what any of us wanted to hear. • If you tuned in just a few minutes late to the Chargers-Colts tilt on Sunday night, you missed Vincent Jackson entirely. His comeback lasted just two plays. Jackson was ostensibly sidelined by a "calf injury," but the local press doesn't seem to buy it. Check the coverage in the Union-Tribune: In the immediate aftermath of the game, Jackson obviously wanted nothing to do with anyone asking him what happened, referring all questions to a Chargers training staff that by team policy is not allowed to talk to the media. Asked to express whatever disappointment he felt at being sidelined by injury so soon after such a long delay to the start of his season, Jackson simply looked into his locker."No," he finally said. "Thank you."The timing of the injury surely will raise eyebrows and more questions, just as the timing of his return to the team had underlying implications. In order to assure that Jackson would be an unrestricted free agent after the 2010 season, Jackson had to be on the roster for a half-dozen games, and Sunday night was the first of the Chargers’ final half-dozen regular-season contests.So there's nothing reassuring in that blurb. We'll spend half our week tracking what might be a phantom injury. Awesome. The Raiders are on deck for San Diego; Oakland currently ranks fifth in the NFL in pass defense (201.5), but they've allowed 21 TDs via the air. • We now have some clarity on the injuries to Oakland tight end Zach Miller, but the news isn't great. Here's the latest on Miller, via Jerry McDonald:Zach Miller is confirming that is original “arch injury” was a torn plantar fascia, a very slow-to-heal condition. He hurt his right leg later in the game. Cable called it a “fibula” injury. Miller caught one pass for six yards and is currently a shell of himself.• OK, at some level we probably all enjoyed watching Andre Johnson treat Cortland Finnegan like a birthday piñata. But if you own Johnson in a fantasy league, you were not awarded additional points for punches landed. There's a clear chance of suspension, and we should soon hear if Johnson is going to miss a game. The Texans travel to Philly for the Thursday night game in Week 13, so disciplinary action needs to come down quickly. If AJ is sidelined, Kevin Walter and Jacoby Jones gain some temporary value. But clearly no single player replaces Johnson's production. • Giants receiver Steve Smith is reportedly targeting Week 14 (at MIN) for his return from injury. He's been sidelined for the past three weeks with a partially torn pectoral muscle. Smith says he won't be available to face Washington in Week 13, "unless a miracle happens."• Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin said that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suffered a foot sprain in the messy win over Buffalo in Week 12. When asked about the injury, Roethlisberger talked about getting his knee "bent sideways." All we really know is that some part of the quarterback's right leg or foot is hurting, but he played through the discomfort in Week 12. • OK, it's time to grade the Rams. Full report card right here. As expected, Bradford gets an A. They were rough on Steven Jackson again, but this time it's easier to understand. Wide receiver Danario Alexander had himself a respectable game (4-95, A-), and he's presently healthy-ish. The Rams get the Cards in Week 13.---Photo via US Presswire 1426 days
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