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Report: Adrian Peterson’s status after MRI vs Jaguars

Adrian Peterson, Lions

Detroit Lions veteran running back Adrian Peterson recently had blood work and an MRI to diagnose the side pain which sidelined him in a previous practice. The tests turn out to be negative and will be available to suit up in their fifth game of the season against the Jacksonville Jaguars, via NFL.com reporter Tom Pelissero.

Despite being a late acquisition in the offseason, Peterson still found his place in the Lions offense. His veteran experience gives him more playing time and greater usability over raw talents like rookie running back De’Andre Swift and third-year rusher Kerryon Johnson.

In his first game for Motor City’s squad in a Week 1 matchup against the Chicago Bears, the veteran broke out with 95 rushing yards on 14 touches. However, his performance went down the drain as the Lions suffered their first loss to the tune of 27-23, marred by a late-game drop by Swift in crunch time.

His opening game performance remains to be the best in his young stint with the Lions. He continues to receive multiple snaps in the following games thus far to which he tallied 36 rushing yards on 11 carries and a scored touchdown in their most recent encounter against the New Orleans Saints. The game eventually ended on a 35-29 outcome in favor of the visiting team and dropped the Lions to a dismal 1-3 record.

With the 2012 NFL MVP instated back in the team’s roster ahead of their coming game, the Lions will aim to steal a win against the also-struggling Jaguars who hold a 1-4 record.