Cowboys starting linebacker Anthony Hitchens left Saturday’s 24-20 preseason win against the Raiders early with a knee injury, and it appears to be serious.
According to ESPN.com, Hitchens suffered a fracture in his right knee and will need eight weeks to recover. The team originally feared he would miss the entire season.
“It felt good, you know. I was looking forward to it,” Peterson said, via ESPN. “I haven’t played in the preseason for a long time, so it was good to get out there. I think I had maybe five or six carries, 12 or 13 plays. It felt good to move around, to get hit and kind of get those first reps out of the way. …
“Get the body kind of banging around a little bit, getting some good looks against a top-three defense. Unfortunately we didn’t accomplish what we wanted to accomplish as an offense that first quarter. But playing against a defense like that, that’s one of those games you have to grind out.”
Peterson finished the game with six carries for 15 yards, adding one catch for a 1-yard loss, but he wishes he could have stayed on the field longer.
“It would’ve been fun to play four quarters against them,” Peterson added.
The 32-year-old’s regular-season debut for New Orleans is certainly intriguing, as he’s slated to face his former team in Week 1 when the Saints visit the Vikings for a Monday Night Football showdown.