EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will try to practice on Thursday, after sitting out of the team's first practice of the week on Tuesday, but Peterson is still unsure what his status will be for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions.
The 2012 NFL MVP said he will push to be ready for the game, and offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said he thinks Peterson has a better chance of playing with a sprained foot and strained groin on Sunday than backup Toby Gerhart does of playing with a strained hamstring. But the question of whether it's worth putting Peterson on the field in a meaningless game could dictate what ultimately happens.
Peterson said his groin injury -- which has been bothering him since November -- is still more of a hindrance than his sprained right foot, which he injured almost three weeks ago in Baltimore.
"The foot was a pain that I already had set in my mind that I was going to have to deal with," Peterson said. "Sometimes when I was pushing off, I felt it. I got tackled a couple of times and twisted up and pain kind of stuck around for a minute. But that’s something I knew I was going to have to deal with. As far as explosion, that kind of hindered me a little bit. The groin as well. So, I felt uncomfortable Sunday."
Whether Peterson plays or not on Sunday, he's going to need some rest to completely recover after the season, and he undoubtedly wants to be on the field for the final game at the Metrodome. He'd have to hope, however, that he's able to do more than he was last week in Cincinnati, when he said the Vikings made the right decision pulling him out of a blowout loss to the Bengals. Peterson looked tentative in his cuts and didn't have much acceleration when he found room to run.
"With a couple of more days of rest in front of me I’ll be able to distinguish if I’ll be able to go out there and be productive. Stay tuned," he said. "Right now my mindset is to be out there and finish strong with my teammates.”