The Minnesota Vikings may be down to their third string running back come Sunday if neither Adrian Peterson nor Toby Gerhart can recover from injuries suffered in the Vikings wild loss to the Ravens this past Sunday. Peterson is highly unlikely to play while Gerhart is nursing what was has been labeled as a hamstring “tweak”.
Peterson, the NFL’s second leading rusher, is currently listed as doubtful with a mid-foot sprain which required Peterson to be carted off the field in the second quarter on Sunday. Luckily for the Vikings, he will not need surgery and has avoided the dreaded Lisfranc injury, but his chances of playing this week are slim to none. He will be in a walking boot for much of the week, and with the Vikings officially out of playoff contention, there is no need for the team to rush back their franchise player.
Meanwhile, Toby Gerhart filled in marvelously for the injured Peterson on Sunday, rushing for 89 yards and 1 touchdown, but suffered a hamstring injury on the Vikings second to last drive. Unable to return, head coach, Leslie Frazier, did not seem overly concerned about Gerhart’s injury after the game, but did acknowledge that Gerhart did tweak his hamstring. Gerhart is a must-add with Peterson’s doubtful tag, but his injury is a slight cause for concern.
If neither Peterson nor Gerhart are ready by Sunday, the Vikings will likely turn to their second year fullback/running back, Matt Asiata, to start at the position. Asiata has only three carries in his career and would be a risky fantasy play even if he were to get the start against a shaky Philadelphia Eagles run defense. It seems as if the Vikings just can’t catch a break in a very disappointing 2013 season.