Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson will not see any more game action in 2017.
The club put him on season-ending injured reserve Thursday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Peterson missed the previous two games with a neck injury.
The move caps a tumultuous year for the future Hall of Fame running back. He parted ways with the Minnesota Vikings in the offseason after 10 years with the club, and signed with the New Orleans Saints in late April.
There were thoughts that the Saints would be using a more run-oriented offense with Peterson on the roster. They have run the ball much more this season, but no thanks to Peterson.
He rushed for 81 yards in four games with the Saints before being traded to the Cardinals. In his first game with his second new team of 2017, Peterson rushed for 134 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The next week, Peterson had a rough game against the Los Angeles Rams, but he had one more superstar effort left in him — 159 yards on a career-high 37 carries against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 9.
However, in the Cardinals’ next game, the Seattle Seahawks held him to 29 yards on 21 carries. His next game wasn’t much better, with only 26 yards on 14 carries, but his final performance of the season was solid.
Peterson rushed for 79 yards on 20 carries against a stout Jacksonville Jaguars defense.
If Peterson can’t play again, he should be elected into the Canton hall in his first year of eligibility; he’s in the conversation as one of the top 5 running backs in NFL history.
He has rushed for the 12th-most yards in NFL history, and that is with two seasons in which he played in less than five games. He also holds the NFL record for most rushing yards in a game, 296.