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Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Peterson, Hutchinson battling injuries

By Kevin Seifert

Two significant streaks could be in jeopardy this week for the Minnesota Vikings.

As we've discussed, tailback Adrian Peterson is dealing with a sprained right ankle. He did not practice Wednesday and has his work cut out for him to extend his streak of playing in 51 consecutive games. Interim coach Leslie Frazier told reporters that "we've all got our fingers crossed" that Peterson will play Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.

Meanwhile, left guard Steve Hutchinson revealed that he fractured his right thumb during Sunday's 17-13 victory over the Washington Redskins. Hutchinson, who has started 123 consecutive games dating back to 2003, continued playing but endured significant swelling afterward. Like Peterson, he sat out practice Wednesday.

Rookie Chris DeGeare would start in Hutchinson's place if necessary, leaving the Vikings with backups starting at both guard positions. (Ryan Cook has already replaced right guard Anthony Herrera, who was lost for the season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament.)

Hutchinson, however, said he would be fitted with a new cast on Wednesday and hoped to find a way to play with it Sunday.

"That's the plan," he told reporters. "Now the issue becomes casting it up enough to protect it. We can cast it up, pad it up enough where it doesn't hinder me from doing my job."