EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings held running back Adrian Peterson out of practice on Wednesday, and it wouldn't be surprising if they pulled Peterson out of a number of practices for the rest of the season, as he plays through a groin injury. But Peterson, who carried 32 times in Sunday's tie against the Green Bay Packers, figures to play against the Chicago Bears.
Coach Leslie Frazier talked this week about the possibility of giving Toby Gerhart more carries in the next few games, after Gerhart ran for 91 yards on eight carries against the Packers. The Vikings face the league's worst rushing defense this weekend, and there could be opportunities for both backs against the Bears.
In other Vikings injury news:
Safety Harrison Smith, who has been on injured reserve with a designation to return since October, isn't eligible to practice until Friday, according to NFL rules. The Vikings had initially planned for Smith -- who is hoping to come back from turf toe and play this season -- to practice on Wednesday, but Frazier said they'll try to get him on the field Friday.
Both wide receiver Joe Webb and cornerback Xavier Rhodes have passed the first stage of the NFL's concussion protocol; Frazier said both could get on the practice field Thursday if they passed another stage on Wednesday.
Defensive tackle Kevin Williams was limited with a quadriceps injury; he'd been playing with a knee injury this season, but was on the injury report because of his quadriceps for the first time on Wednesday.
Quarterback Christian Ponder was not listed on the Vikings' injury report, indicating he has recovered from the dislocated left shoulder he suffered on Nov. 7.