Redskins coach Jay Gruden says Adrian Peterson will start at RB in Week 2
The Washington Redskins surprisingly had Adrian Peterson as an inactive in Week 1, but he’ll be getting his shot this upcoming Sunday. Speaking to the media Wednesday, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said Peterson will be the team’s starting running back in Week 2, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Gruden’s decision to make Peterson inactive against the Eagles raised a lot of eyebrows, and reportedly upset some veterans in the locker room. The team wanted to make Derrius Guice their featured back, and demoted Peterson since he didn’t have any special teams value.
They were feeding Guice early on against Philly, but then he re-injured his knee. There’s no firm timetable on how much action Guice might miss, but it sounds like he could be out a while.
“There is no (update). He’s just getting checked out,” Gruden said of Guice.
Guice missed all of last season with a torn ACL, so it’s certainly possible that he misses a significant stretch.
In the meantime, Peterson will carry the load. He obviously wasn’t happy with being made inactive, so now he’ll be running with an extra chip on his shoulder.
Peterson signed with the Redskins last year after they suffered a rash of running back injuries, and he had a surprisingly strong season. He started all 16 games for Washington and ended up running for 1,042 yards and seven touchdowns.
He re-signed on a two-year deal this offseason, although there was reportedly some disagreement within the building about whether or not to do so. Either way he’s back in the fold now, and hopefully you didn’t already drop him from your fantasy team.