- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 8, 2019

PHILADELPHIA — Adrian Peterson is officially a healthy scratch.

The Redskins running back was listed inactive Sunday before Washington’s season opener against the Eagles. Washington will rely on Derrius Guice to be its primary running back, while Chris Thompson and Wendell Smallwood active as backups.

Teams can only have 46 active players on game day, meaning seven players will have to be inactive.

Washington made the move because it not only has confidence in Guice, but because of special teams, an area which Peterson does not contribute. The Redskins opted to keep Smallwood, who was claimed off waivers on Monday, active because of his ability to contribute on special teams.

Regardless, it will be interesting to observe the fallout from this decision. NFL Network reported some of the Redskins’ veterans were unhappy with the move. Last season, Peterson was often Washington’s driving force on offense, rushing for 1,042 yards. The 34-year-old, too, was a late addition to the Redskins’ roster, joining the team in August 2018, days after Guice tore his ACL.



The Redskins re-signed Peterson in the offseason to a two-year, $5 million deal. Only $1.5 million of that money was guaranteed.

On Thursday, Peterson seemed to accept his reduced role, telling reporters: “I’m pleased to do what they ask me to do. That’s all I can do.”

Peterson joined tight end Jordan Reed (concussion), quarterback Colt McCoy (leg), cornerback Fabian Moreau (ankle), center Ross Piersbacher, guard Wes Martin and defensive lineman Treyvon Hester as the Redskins’ other inactives.

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