Washington releases Adrian Peterson, turns to young backs

first_img Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE First Published: 4th September, 2020 22:59 IST FOLLOW UScenter_img LIVE TV Last Updated: 4th September, 2020 22:59 IST Washington Releases Adrian Peterson, Turns To Young Backs Washington released veteran running back Adrian Peterson on Friday, a stunning move by first-year coach Ron Rivera in the name of getting younger. COMMENT Washington released veteran running back Adrian Peterson on Friday, a stunning move by first-year coach Ron Rivera in the name of getting younger.Rivera called Peterson early in the morning asking him to come to the practice facility, then delivered the news the team was moving on from the 35-year-old star. The move came less than 36 hours before NFL rosters must be trimmed to the 53-man limit and nine days before the start of the regular season.Peterson played the past two seasons with Washington, rushing for 1,940 yards and 12 touchdowns in the fourth stop of a career that will likely earn him a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He originally signed in the summer of 2018 after rookie Derrius Guice was lost for the season with a knee injury, and kept his starting job in 2019.Now, after Guice’s release following a domestic violence arrest , he, Peterson and longtime third-down back Chris Thompson are all gone, and the backfield has a decidedly young look. Third-round draft pick Antonio Gibson figures to start, with Bryce Love an option after working his way back from knee surgery, and J.D. McKissic filling Thompson’s old role.Offensive coordinator Scott Turner said Gibson has done a good job in training camp but was vague about his role Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles. Gibson played a hybrid running back/receiver role at Memphis, and Rivera compared his potential to Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey .“This is a very talented, gifted young man that did a lot of different things,” Rivera said Thursday. “We’re trying to hone his skills to fit what we believe he can do. It’s been an interesting growth period. It’s been good.”Peterson is now thrown into limbo after being blindsided by his release. He’s 1,053 yards behind Barry Sanders for fourth on the all-time rushing list and needs 12 TDs to catch Marcus Allen for the third most in NFL history.(Image Credit: AP) last_img read more

Man airlifted from Tory Island after suffering fall

first_imgA man had to be taken from Tory Island this afternoon after falling andsuffering injuries.The 73-year-old man suffered a dislocated shoulder and other injurieswhen he fell close to his home.He was taken by the Rescue 118 helicopter to Letterkenny UniversityHospital where his condition is described as stable. Man airlifted from Tory Island after suffering fall was last modified: August 8th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:fallRESCUE 118Torylast_img read more