Adrian Peterson ready to return

Updated: December 20, 2013, 3:42 PM ET
By Ben Goessling | ESPN.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals, but after missing a game he felt he should have played, Peterson doesn't plan on sitting out again.

"I've got another day to rest," he said Friday. "Tomorrow is going to be good. As far as the foot goes, I'll be ready to roll."

The Vikings decided to keep Peterson out of last Sunday's game with the Philadelphia Eagles a week after he sprained his foot against the Baltimore Ravens. Peterson worked out last Friday and Saturday and had been pushing to play until Sunday morning, when coach Leslie Frazier told him he was out.

Peterson visited the press box on the morning of the game and told reporters "the decision was taken out of my hands."

On Friday, it sounded as though Peterson hadn't completely let it go.

"I was hot," he said. "I was devastated. I was looking forward to playing, being out there with the guys, and I didn't get my way that day. I was to a point where I felt like I was ready to go. My mindset is to get out there and play. I'm in game mode, and then I find out I'm not playing, no matter what I have to say.

"That's what it was. But fortunately we got a win, so that kind of eased the pain a little bit."

He was limited in practice Friday, but Frazier said Peterson did "enough where he would feel confident and we would feel confident. If everything goes fine tomorrow, he should be ready to go on Sunday."

Peterson sits 122 yards behind league leader LeSean McCoy, who carried just eight times for 38 yards against the Vikings last week. Peterson said the chance to win a rushing title is still in his mind, and when he was told no one had repeated as rushing leader the season after running for 2,000 yards, he said, "I wasn't aware of that. Thanks for letting me know."

Minnesota is 3-2-1 in its last six games, but Frazier's job security remains in question largely because of its 1-7 start. Peterson gave a statement of support to Frazier on Friday.

"I look forward to finishing my career with Coach Frazier here," he said. "We'll see."

Ben Goessling

ESPN Minnesota Vikings reporter

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