The Vikings announced on Monday that star running back Adrian Peterson suffered a high ankle sprain against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday and will wear a walking boot this week.
Peterson injured his ankle in the first quarter of the Vikings' 27-21 loss to the Raiders and it is unclear whether he'll be able to play against the Atlanta Falcons on Nov. 27. Pro Football Talk reported that he'll likely miss at least that game and possibly more.
The Vikings will likely exercise extreme caution with their franchise player - especially considering their 2-8 record - but Peterson doesn't expect to miss the remainder of the season.
That's not in my DNA, Peterson told reporters about missing the rest of the season. I'm going to try and get back as fast as I can and, God willing, I'll be up and ready to run this weekend.
Peterson has rushed for 872 yards and 11 touchdowns through 10 games in 2011. If he misses any considerable time, fullback Toby Gerhart will likely get the bulk of the carries. Gerhart got the most carries after Peterson's injury on Sunday, but was largely ineffective with only 18 yards on seven carries.
The Vikings could also utilize speedy wide receiver Percy Harvin - the team's second-leading rusher with 221 yards - on a variety of different trick plays and offensive schemes.