Rumor: Redskins players not pleased about Adrian Peterson being inactive
The Washington Redskins announced on Sunday morning that Jay Gruden was going to make Adrian Peterson inactive in Week 1. The decision to sit Peterson against the Philadelphia Eagles didn’t sit well with the players on the team.
According to league reports via Pro Football Talk, plenty of the players on the roster have handled the situation with more disgust than Peterson himself. Instead, second-year running back Derrius Guice will handle the majority of the carries in Week 1.
Coming into training camp, the discussion was focused on how the carries would divvy out in the backfield. There was never a belief that Peterson or Guice would wind up sporting street clothes on the sideline when the season began.
Last season, Washington signed Peterson after Guice suffered a torn ACL in his preseason debut against the Pittsburgh Steelers. As a result, the veteran running back became the team’s offensive MVP as he rushed for 1,042 yards and seven touchdowns.
Just a year later, the Redskins are now possibly heading towards a divorce with the veteran running back. Earlier this offseason, Washington decided to retain Peterson by giving him a $1.5 million signing bonus. Along with that, they also gave him $1 million in salary to remain in the nation’s capital.
Now, the Redskins may regret re-signing Peterson with their current backfield situation making him expendable. Without Peterson, the Redskins still have Guice and Chris Thompson to handle the workload in the offense.
Considering that Trent Williams is still absent from the starting lineup, there are some questionable decisions being made in Washington. Jay Gruden is in a contract year with the Redskins and the start to his 2019 season is off to a shaky start.