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Adrian Peterson dealing with high, low ankle sprains [UPDATE]

Washington’s backfield is an injured mess right now. We break down the latest news regarding Adrian Peterson’s ankle heading into Week 8 Thursday Night Football.

Washington running back Adrian Peterson carries the ball as San Francisco 49ers middle linebacker Fred Warner chases in the first quarter at FedExField. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Update: Peterson told NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero his ankle is, “Night n day from yesterday. I should (be) ready to go” for Thursday Night Football.

Washington travels to face the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday Night Football in Week 8, and the short week could present a complication. Running back Adrian Peterson was listed as a DNP on Monday’s injury report with an ankle injury.

The team did not practice, so it was an estimated report, but Peterson’s ankle is bothering him. He told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that the MRI showed he has a grade 1 high ankle sprain and a grade 2 low ankle sprain. Peterson told her “I’m good,” so feel free to make of that what you want.

Peterson was a workhorse in the Week 7 muck against the 49ers, rushing 20 times for 81 yards. The rain forced Washington into a run-focused attack and it was an impressive outing considering the strength of the 49ers rush defense.

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AP has two more practices before Thursday’s game, which will give us a better idea of his availability. Chris Thompson is dealing with a toe injury of his own, so this backfield is kind of a mess heading into a tough matchup with Minnesota.

Neither would be a great start, but Thompson in PPR would be the better start over AP if both are playing. Thompson at least has pass catching abilities for the short dump-offs we can expect from Case Keenum. AP is only useful in standard leagues, and this is not a matchup in which he can thrive.

Wendell Smallwood would see more work if AP or Chris Thompson sits out on Thursday.