The Minnesota Vikings are currently 0-3, and while they aren’t exactly ready to make drastic changes, they will be changing their lead-blocker for All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson. Undrafted rookie FB Zach Line, who had the starting role, was placed on injured reserve today. Line was the only undrafted rookie to make the 53-man roster this season and started three games. His duties ranged from special teams to lead blocking for running back Adrian Peterson.
But with his roster spot freed-up, the Vikings were able to bring back their original starting FB, Jerome Felton, a Pro Bowler who was suspended for the first three games for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.
Adrian Peterson has 281 yards on 69 carries this year, good for an average of 4.1 YPC. He got an even 6.0 last year. Maybe Felton’s absence was more significant than anyone could have imagined.
It will be interesting to see how he fares against the Pittsburgh Steelers this week, who despite their 0-3 record, still have one of the league’s better run defenses.