Thursday, December 19, 2013
Vikings: Adrian Peterson sits as precaution
By Ben Goessling
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson did not practice on Thursday, getting treatment on his sprained right foot, but coach Leslie Frazier said he still expects Peterson to play on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Peterson did some limited work in practice on Wednesday, which was his earliest practice of the week in more than a month, but Frazier thought it best to hold Peterson out for precautionary reasons on Thursday.
"We just thought it'd be wise to give him a day inside with our training staff, to work through some of the kinks from yesterday's practice," Frazier said. "Unless something comes up tomorrow that I don't foresee, he should be ready to go on Sunday."
Frazier also said running back Toby Gerhart, who joined Peterson on the Vikings' inactive list last Sunday with a strained right hamstring, should be ready to go on Sunday. The same, however, might not be true for tight end John Carlson or defensive back Xavier Rhodes.
Both missed practice on Thursday -- Carlson wasn't feeling well after sitting out last Sunday with a concussion, and will have to clear some aspects of the NFL concussion protocol before he can practice again. Rhodes, meanwhile, is still unable to practice with a sprained ankle, and if neither one is able to practice on Friday, it seems unlikely either would play Sunday.
Here is the Vikings' full injury report:
- Did not practice: CB Xavier Rhodes (ankle), RB Matt Asiata (ankle), TE John Carlson (concussion), RB Adrian Peterson (groin/foot).
- Limited: RB Toby Gerhart (hamstring), CB Chris Cook (knee), G Brandon Fusco (knee), S Harrison Smith (toe).
- Full: , LB Larry Dean (knee), LB Chad Greenway (wrist), LS Cullen Loeffler (hand), CB Marcus Sherels (shoulder)