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Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Daily mailbag: Why the Bears' Peterson sat out

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

We've gotten several questions regarding the "other" Adrian Peterson this week. Specifically, people want to know why the Chicago Bears in essence made Peterson a healthy scratch for Sunday's game at Carolina.

Among them was Tony of Rochester, Minn., who writes: Kevin, have you heard anything on why Chicago's Adrian Peterson was inactivated last week? I would have thought he would have been the clear choice for backup to Forte.

Kevin Seifert: According to the Larry Mayer of chicagobears.com, the Bears chose receiver Mark Bradley over Peterson when whittling down their game-day roster. (Bradley was deactivated for the opener against Indianapolis). As a result, Garrett Wolfe served as the backup for starting tailback Matt Forte.

Sunday deactivations aren't always a big deal, but this one was. Peterson hadn't missed a game since 2004 and overall had played in 63 of a possible 65 games entering Sunday. The Bears don't have big plans for him as a runner this season, but in retrospect he might have been a better option than fullback Jason McKie on that key fourth-down play in the fourth quarter against the Panthers.

And it wasn't like the Bears had some special plan for Bradley. According to a weekly participation analysis prepared by Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times, Bradley played one down Sunday.