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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.