Adrian Peterson (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY)
Adrian Peterson said he is ready to play this week and was “devastated” coaches and trainers wouldn’t allow him to play last week because of a foot injury. Plus, John Carlson’s future is in doubt, Xavier Rhodes is out, Vikings in the top 10 of Pro Bowl voting and more.
Adrian Peterson says he is ready for Sunday’s game, despite being listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report with a foot injury.
Peterson missed his first game of the season last week against the Philadelphia Eagles because of the sprained foot, but it wasn’t for lack of trying to convince the decision-makers that he could go.
“Man, words can’t even express. I was hot. I was devastated. I was looking forward to playing and being out there with the guys. I didn’t get my way that day,” Peterson said.
“I felt I was to the point where I was ready to go. My mind was ready to get out there and play. I’m in game mode and then I find out that I’m not playing. No matter what I had to say, that’s what it was. That’s why it was tough. But fortunately we got a win, so that kind of eased the pain a little bit.”
Peterson said he found out Sunday morning he wouldn’t be playing. Like this week, he was listed as questionable last week. He has also been dealing with a groin injury that he has been trying to rest and strengthen.
He is currently second in the league in rushing yards, at 1,221 and 122 yards behind the league leader, Philadelphia’s LeSean McCoy. Peterson acknowledged having the rushing title again this year after running for 2,097 yards last year is important.
“Any competitor would want to be at the top of the game. I play this game to be the best,” he said. “So with that, leading the league goes along. I’m just going to try to do what I can do, contribute to my team, focus on getting a win most importantly. And if I’m at the top when the season ends, that would be great.”
He said being within 200 yards of McCoy still puts the rushing title “in play” for him.
Peterson was limited in Friday’s practice.
“We didn’t have him do every rep, but enough where he would feel confident and we would feel confident,” head coach Leslie Frazier said. “So it was encouraging with some of the things he was able to do.”
CARLSON’S FUTURE IN DOUBT
In addition to Peterson, backup running back Matt Asiata is listed as questionable with an ankle injury, but there are other, more significant injuries to consider.
TE John Carlson is listed as doubtful after suffering a setback in his recovery from his latest concussion. He practiced Wednesday but wasn’t feeling well after that and was held out Thursday and Friday.
Given the timing of the injury and his history, placing him on season-ending injured reserve is a consideration.
“We’ve got to talk about it. We’ve just got to decide what’s best for him, what’s best for the club and see where he is when we get back and talk again tomorrow,” Frazier said.
It is the second concussion in as many years with the Vikings for Carlson, and his third since the 2011 season. That brings the future of his career into question.
“We haven’t had that discussion, but I’m sure it’s one we’ll eventually have,” Frazier said.
CB Xavier Rhodes is also out for Sunday’s game because of an ankle injury, the second straight he has missed. Frazier declined to say which two of the following three cornerbacks would be starters: Chris Cook, Shaun Prater and Marcus Sherels.
“Chris has had a good week, Shaun has practiced well, Marcus. So now that we know that Xavier is not going to probably make it, we’ll talk through how we need to configure it for this ballgame,” Frazier said.
PRO BOWL VOTING
Peterson remains the only Viking in the top 10 overall in Pro Bowl voting by the fans – sixth overall and third among running backs.
Kansas City’s Jamaal Charles leads running backs, followed by Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch, but Peterson has pulled within 60,000 votes of both of them.
Peterson is the only offensive player with the Vikings in the top 10 at his position in fan voting.
Jared Allen is fifth in fan voting among defensive ends, trailing J.J. Watt, Robert Quinn, Mario Williams and Chandler Jones.
Chad Greenway is ninth in fan voting among outside linebackers. Kansas City’s Tamba Hali leads that position and Greenway was about 150,000 votes behind him earlier this week.
Cordarrelle Patterson is the only other Viking in the top 10 at a position. He is fifth among kick returners in fan voting, trailing Chicago’s Devin Hester, the leader at the position, by about 115,000 votes.
Fan voting for the 2014 Pro Bowl continues online at nfl.com/probowl until 5 p.m. CT Dec. 26. The Pro Bowl team will be announced the following day and players will later be assigned to teams through the first-ever Pro Bowl draft, which will air on NFL Network during the week leading up to the game.
Pro Bowl players are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 86 all-star players who will be eligible for the Pro Bowl Draft.
Peterson on Frazier’s status with the team: “I haven’t heard any of those rumors, but of course when you’re winning it helps a lot. I look forward to finishing my career with Coach Frazier here as well. So, we’ll see.”
Over the next two weeks, the Vikings will face the top two receivers among fan voting for the Pro Bowl. Cincinnati’s A.J. Green is second in voting, trailing only Detroit’s Calvin Johnson.
Eagle QB Nick Foles was fined $10,000 for his low “peel back” block on Erin Henderson during DeSean Jackson's reverse against the Vikings last Sunday.
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