Veteran running back Adrian Peterson has been around the game long enough to see injuries take down teammates. But now with the Redskins, the seven-time Pro Bowl player is facing a big challenge.
He’s dealing with a depleted offensive line that has lost two starters to season-ending injuries — left guard Shawn Lauvao (ACL) and right guard Brandon Scherff (torn pectoral muscle) — and another, offensive tackle Trent Williams, to a dislocated thumb.
“You just got to stay positive and keep pressing, it’s not the end of the world, it’s not the end of the season for us, guys will step up, we all have to perform better and that’s the mindset that I have,” Peterson said, via the team’s website. “It’s not like last week, ‘Oh, I’m not going to perform at a different level,’ but it’s just something different when you lose three starters, how your mindset kind of shifts. I just got to do more than I was doing before.”
The Redskins have added free-agent linemen Luke Bowanko, Jonathan Cooper and Austin Howard to their roster in hopes of adding to their O-line depth.
Peterson, who started his career as a Vikings and stayed in Minnesota for 10 seasons before making stops in New Orleans and Arizona, is looking forward to helping the new guys. But he also recognizes the importance of “playing hard fast,” which is something the Redskins will need to continue to do if they want to stay atop the NFC East standings.
“I’ll be able to say little things that I might see, that I might notice, that I would like them to do differently or that might work better,” Peterson said. “Right now just getting to know those guys, talking to them, but most importantly just going out playing hard fast is what we really need right now early.”
Washington will travel to Tampa Bay to face the Buccaneers on Sunday before hosting the Texans on Nov. 18. The Redskins will return to division play in Week 12 against the Cowboys.