Adrian Peterson (Hannah Foslien/Getty)
The Vikings held RB Adrian Peterson and LB E.J. Henderson out of practice on Wednesday, but both are expected to play Sunday, according to Leslie Frazier. Plus, Jared Allen vents about his treatment from former Chiefs GM Carl Peterson, Chris Doleman is heading to the Ring of Honor and other notes from a Wednesday at Winter Park.
The Vikings held running back Adrian Peterson and linebacker E.J. Henderson out of Wednesday’s practice with calf and knee injuries, respectively.
Peterson was kicked in the calf during Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions and was dealing with soreness there on Wednesday.
“[He] got kicked in the game, so just give him a chance to recover,” Frazier said. “Another day of recovery. He’ll be fine tomorrow.”
Peterson was at Winter Park Wednesday, but headed into the locker room by the time individual drills had begun.
Henderson has been dealing with soreness in his knee since after the first regular-season game. He said after that game he thought the swelling and soreness had to do with the titanium rod inserted into his leg after he fractured his femur playing against the Arizona Cardinals in December 2009. Henderson had his knee drained on Sept. 15 and returned to play three days later against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“E.J. wanted to rest his knee a little bit, just give him some time,” Frazier said. “[We] may have him do something tomorrow, but he’ll be ready for Sunday.”
Henderson and Peterson were the only Vikings that missed the entire practice. S Tyrell Johnson (hip) and TE Jim Kleinsasser (elbow) were limited. CBs Asher Allen (toe) and Chris Cook (groin), along with DT Kevin Williams (foot), were full participants but still listed on the injury report.
ALLEN DOESN’T HOLD BACK
Jared Allen told the Kansas City media he appreciated the fans and thought the city was deserving of good football. However, he wasn’t complimentary when asked about former Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson. Asked what drove him out of Kansas City, Allen didn’t hold back.
“His name was Carl Peterson. You can write that in caps,” Allen said on a conference call. “Obviously I had a problem with Clark Hunt, too, because he chose Carl over me, huh? When everything went down there, I didn't appreciate being lied to. I was told I'd get an extension and everything, and the way things played out, my biggest thing was, ‘Listen, I don't lie to you guys. I show up and bust my tail for you. Don't lie to me.’ … It's tough to go and give your all for someone like that.”
The Vikings traded for Allen in 2007, giving up a first- and two third-round draft picks, as well as swapping sixth-round picks. The Vikings signed Allen to a six-year, nearly $74 million contract with a $15.5 million signing bonus and $31 million in guarantees.
Allen restructured his contract in 2009, but he holds salary-cap numbers of more than $11.5 million this year, $14.2 million next year and $16.8 million in 2013. He is currently tied for second in the NFL with 4.5 sacks.
Allen also felt Herm Edwards, Chiefs coach at the time of the trade, got a raw deal as well.
“When we were there, we were an aging team. Herm drafted a bunch of young guys and Herm got the shaft, if you will,” Allen said. ”But Herm is one of my favorite guys of all times.”
DOLEMAN HEADING TO RING OF HONOR
Former defensive end Chris Doleman will be inducted into the Vikings Ring of Honor at halftime of the team’s Oct. 23 game against the Green Bay Packers at Mall of American Field. Doleman will be the 19th person inducted into the Ring of Honor.
Doleman was with the Vikings from 1985-93, then spent two years with the Atlanta Falcons and three with the San Francisco 49ers before returning to Minnesota for the 1999 season, his final one in the NFL. He was a first-team Associated Press All-Pro in 1989 and ’92 and second-team in 1987 and ’93. He went to six Pro Bowls as a Viking, missing only the 1991 Pro Bowl from 1987-93 stretch. He was also named to the Pro Bowl once each with the Falcons and 49ers.
Doleman had only three losing seasons in his 15 years in the NFL and went to the playoffs 10 times. The No. 4 overall draft pick in 1985 had 96.5 sacks as a Viking and was a Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist in 2010 and 2011.
For his 15-year NFL career, he had 150.5 sacks, fourth in NFL history, and eight interceptions. He also ranks seventh in NFL history with 24 fumble recoveries and led the NFL in 1989 with 21 sacks during a season in which the Vikings posted 71 sacks as a team, second in NFL history. He played on Vikings defenses that ranked first in the NFL in 1988, ’89 and ’93.
He was a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame last year and is on the preliminary list of nominees for 2012.
"Canton is something that we put a price on; it’s not the be-all end-all," he said. "If it happens, it happens, but I am not going to sit up here and hold my breath. Amongst defensive lineman, I finished third in the history of the league and I’m still waiting, it doesn’t make sense, but I’m still waiting."
In addition to former Steelers offensive tackle Max Starks, the Vikings worked out DE Ugo Chinasa as well on Tuesday, according to Pro Football Talk. The Vikings didn’t end up signing either.
“We're always bringing in guys to work out all through the season. It doesn't mean they end up signing,” Frazier said Monday when asked about Starks.
Pro Football Talk also reported that former Vikings defensive end Adrian Awasom, who was released on Sept. 20 when Kevin Williams returned from a two-game suspension, had a workout with the Carolina Panthers.
Chiefs coach Todd Haley was asked how difficult it is to commit to a running game now that his star running back, Jamaal Charles, is out for the season with a knee injury. "With how we've played running and passing through these first three games, I'd rather not commit to either,” Haley joked.
The Chiefs offense is ranked 31st in passing but still ninth in rushing. They have the 30th-ranked offense overall.
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