Adrian Peterson says he plans to play in 2018, won't need surgery

Isaac Cain
December 16, 2017

Peterson's season is over.

Peterson came out of the gates strong for Arizona, rushing for 134 yards and two touchdowns against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in his Cardinals debut and then carrying the ball a career-high 37 times for 159 yards against the San Francisco 49ers two weeks later. After a disastrous four-game stint in New Orleans, Peterson was traded to an Arizona squad desperately looking for a running game resurrection after David Johnson was lost to injury. He missed the last two games. "Obviously, I'm disappointed about going on IR when my body is still able to produce, but I look forward to returning completely healthy for another season in 2018".

In a statement he released to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Peterson says he has been informed by a doctor that he will not need to undergo neck surgery. "I'm grateful for the opportunity that the Arizona Cardinals have given me to show I can still contribute on an National Football League team".

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While Peterson is under contract in 2018, the Cardinals can cut him before June 1 and save $3.5 million against the cap. With Peterson sidelined, Arizona has turned to Kerwynn Williams as the starter.

"He'll heal fine", Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. "I have enough problems with Washington this week". This season, Goodwin played 12 games for the Falcons, recording five tackles on defense and three on the special teams unit.

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