Friday, November 29, 2013
Vikings are 'pretty good health-wise'
By Ben Goessling
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings got running back Adrian Peterson back on the practice field on Friday for a full session to test his strained groin before Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears. They got cornerback Xavier Rhodes and wide receiver Joe Webb back from concussions, and declared both players probable for Sunday. And they saw the return of safety Harrison Smith, who was eligible to practice for the first time in six weeks on Friday and is targeting a Dec. 15 return from injured reserve.
All that, coach Leslie Frazier said, left the Vikings in as good an injury situation as they've been in for some time.
"We're pretty good health-wise," Frazier said. "We’re not back to full strength, but we do have a lot of guys that are going to participate who we need to be on the field against a good football team."
Peterson's status never seemed in much doubt, after he carried 32 times with the groin injury last Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, but the return of Rhodes might be just as important against Bears receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Rhodes had the best game of his rookie season on Sunday, being credited with four pass breakups before he left with a concussion. His return might allow the Vikings to get more physical with the Bears' receivers than they otherwise could.
The only players the Vikings ruled out of Sunday's game were cornerback Josh Robinson and tight end Kyle Rudolph, who are still rehabbing from a fractured sternum and fractured foot, respectively. Everyone else on their roster is probable for the game.