Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson


Chance of Injury in 2021: question mark 51%
Chance of Injury per Game: question mark 4.4%
Projected Games missed for 2021: question mark 1.0
Durability: question mark 5

Medium Risk


Adrian Peterson Player Overview

What You Need to Know:

  • A 34-year-old Peterson ran for 898 yards and 5 TDs on 4.3 yards per carry last year.
  • The Redskins exercised his 2020 option, bringing him back on a $2.25 million salary.
  • Peterson figures to back up Derrius Guice, who has played just 5 games through 2 NFL seasons due to 3 separate knee injuries.

Still truckin’

Peterson is a cyborg. He’s gotta be.

He toted the rock 211 times for 898 yards (4.3 YPC) and 5 TDs this past season … at 34 years old. Only 4 RBs — John Henry Johnson, John Riggins, Emmitt Smith and Frank Gore — have rushed for more yards in a season at 34 or older.

And Peterson did it on a bad offense. Washington finished 32nd in points scored and 31st in total yards last year. The offensive line ranked 18th in Football Outsiders’ Adjusted Line Yards and 15th in Pro Football Focus’ run-blocking grades.

Peterson ranked 18th in Pro Football Focus’ Elusive Rating among 45 RBs with 100+ carries last year. He finished 26th in PFF’s rushing grades and 27th in Football Outsiders’ DVOA. There’s still gas left in his tank. Somehow.

2020 outlook

Washington exercised its option on RB Adrian Peterson this offseason, bringing him back at a $2.25 million salary. That makes AP just the 21st highest-paid RB this season, so he’s certainly not locked into a significant role. In fact, we’d bet on a healthy Derrius Guice leading this backfield in touches. Of course, a healthy Derrius Guice has been a rare occurrence. Three separate knee injuries have limited him to just 5 games through 2 NFL seasons. Washington also added rookie Antonio Gibson and veterans Peyton Barber and J.D. McKissic to the backfield this offseason. But Gibson is a RB-WR hybrid, and neither Barber nor McKissic really move the needle. If Guice misses more time, Peterson looks like the favorite for lead ball-carrying duties.

Now, he’d again be operating in what figures to be a bad offense. The Redski…

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Adrian Peterson Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Oct 20, 2019 NFL Pedal Ankle Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Peterson suffered an ankle injury in Week 7's loss to the San Francisco 49ers. He was active for the next game
Oct 8, 2018 NFL Shoulder Dislocation Peterson didn't miss any games but played only 2 snaps in the 2nd half. Washington lost in a blowout.
Sep 23, 2018 NFL Pedal Ankle Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Peterson didn't miss any time, due in part to a Week 4 bye.
Nov 26, 2017 NFL Cervical Neck Peterson fell head-first to the ground against Jacksonville. He missed the final 5 games with a neck injury.
Dec 18, 2016 NFL Inguinal Groin Strain Grade 2 Peterson missed the final 2 games with an adductor strain.
Sep 18, 2016 NFL Knee Meniscus Tear Peterson hurt his right knee during Week 2. He was carted off the field and it was later diagnosed as a torn meniscus, earning him a spot on IR. He made just 1 more appearance (Week 15).
Dec 20, 2015 NFL Pedal Ankle Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Peterson played through an ankle sprain.
Dec 22, 2013 NFL Pedal Foot Sprain In Week 16, Peterson re-injured his right foot and missed Week 17.
Dec 8, 2013 NFL Pedal Foot Sprain Peterson missed 1 game with a mid-foot sprain.
Nov 17, 2013 NFL Inguinal Groin Sports Hernia Peterson played through the injury before missing Week 15 and Week 17 with both the groin and a foot ailment. He underwent surgery in January of 2014.
Nov 11, 2012 NFL Inguinal Groin Sports Hernia AP said he first suffered the injury in Week 10. He underwent surgery in February of 2013.
Dec 24, 2011 NFL Knee MCL Tear Grade 3
Dec 24, 2011 NFL Knee Meniscus Tear
Dec 24, 2011 NFL Knee ACL Tear Grade 3 Peterson went down in Week 16. He remarkably returned for Week 1 of the 2012 season.
Nov 20, 2011 NFL Pedal Ankle (high) Sprain Grade 3 Peterson missed 3 games.
Dec 13, 2010 NFL Thigh Hamstring Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 AP missed 1 game.
Nov 28, 2010 NFL Pedal Ankle Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Peterson played through the injury over the short term.
Nov 11, 2007 NFL Knee LCL Sprain Grade 2 In a game against the Packers, Peterson was carted off before halftime and missed the following 2 weeks.