ASHBURN The Redskins will host free agent running back Adrian Peterson on Monday, according to multiple reports.
Washington could use the help as the franchise has only three healthy running backs Chris Thompson, Rob Kelley and Kapri Bibbs on the roster. The Redskins had a number of running backs in for a workout Sunday, but they did not sign anyone before their afternoon practice.
Peterson, 33, is coming off a season in which he rushed for 529 yards in 10 games. He started the year with the New Orleans Saints before being released and joining the Arizona Cardinals. Peterson, perhaps the greatest running back of his generation, had a mini-resurgence in Arizona where he started six games and rushed for 448 yards.
But Peterson’s season ended after he suffered a season-ending neck injury in November.
In his prime, Peterson was electric winning MVP in 2012 after he finished with 2,097 rushing yards with the Minnesota Vikings. Making that accomplishment even more impressive, Peterson was coming off a torn ACL, an injury that was then regarded as career altering.
Besides Peterson, the Redskins are known to have hosted veterans Orleans Darkwa for a workout and Jamaal Charles for a visit.
Washington has had four running backs suffer injuries this preseason. Derrius Guice was lost for the season with a torn ACL, while Samaje Perine (ankle) and Byron Marshall (lower leg) are expected to miss some time.
The team also waived Martez Carter after the undrafted free agent suffered a leg injury against the Jets.
The NFL Network first reported the news.