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Both Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson suffered injuries in an embarrassing Week 5 loss to the New Orleans Saints on "Monday Night Football" thanks, in part, to quarterback Alex Smith. 


The Redskins' signal-caller was absolutely dreadful in the hostile environment of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, but his numbers (23-for-39 with 275 passing yards and an interception) don't necessarily tell the whole story.


Peterson took a nasty shot from Saints cornerback P.J. Williams on the second play of the game last night -- on a poorly-thrown swing pass from Smith. The hit really seemed to shake up Peterson, who also suffered a dislocated shoulder later on in the game. He was ultimately able to play through the injury before being shut down late in the contest once the game was out of reach for the Redskins. The back said he'll be able to play in Week 6 against the Carolina Panthers, but it's fair to have doubts about that.

Thompson also took a nasty shot off an errant throw by Smith. With the game well out of reach late, Smith tried to force a ball to the pass-catching back in the end zone on a two-point conversion attempt that left him with a rib injury. Thompson also said he thinks he'll be able to play next week, but after seeing that hit I want to see him walk in a straight line first.

The injuries to both running backs don't seem to be too devastating, but you can bet that Peterson and Thompson won't be holding the door open for Smith any time soon.


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