The Washington Football Team's surprising release of Adrian Peterson left many in disbelief Friday morning.
The 35-year-old back was stunned himself to learn of his release.
What's unclear at this moment is whether Peterson's release was more a product of his declining play or the coaching staff's overall confidence in the remainder of their running back group, which also shed Derrius Guice following a domestic violence arrest in August.
As JP Finlay notes, Peterson did miss Thursday's practice, so it's possible the running back's dismissal could be related to his absence, whether injury related or something else entirely.
As we've heard repeatedly from camp, Antonio Gibson has thoroughly impressed, leading to the perception that he'll gain more touches as a result.
Bryce Love, who missed his entire rookie season due to injury after being selected in the fourth round in 2019, is another intriguing young option for Washington.
J.D. McKissic and Peyton Barber are now the only veteran options out of the backfield.
Peterson added 2,290 yards from scrimmage and 13 total touchdowns to his Hall of Fame resume over two seasons in Washington.
The Washington Football Team has confirmed Peterson's release.