Vikings running back Adrian Peterson

Carlos Gonzalez, Star Tribune


Peterson takes day off to rest his ailing calf

  • Article by: KENT YOUNGBLOOD
  • Star Tribune
  • September 29, 2011 - 8:09 AM

Adrian Peterson missed Wednesday's practice because of a sore calf, but coach Leslie Frazier said he expected the running back to be at Vikings practice Thursday and to play Sunday in Kansas City.

"Just soreness," said Frazier, who said Peterson got kicked in the calf during Sunday's game against Detroit. "So we gave him another day of recovery. He should be fine [Thursday]."

Peterson was at Winter Park on Wednesday and did some work during the early stages of practice before heading inside.

Also missing practice was middle linebacker E.J. Henderson, who was given time to rest the sore knee that has bothered him this season. Frazier said Henderson might do some limited work Thursday.

"He'll be ready for Sunday," Frazier said.

Meanwhile, safety Tyrell Johnson (hip) and tight end Jim Kleinsasser (elbow) were limited in practice Wednesday. Cornerbacks Asher Allen (toe) and Chris Cook (groin) and defensive tackle Kevin Williams (foot) participated fully.

Allen sounds off

Vikings defensive end Jared Allen made it clear Wednesday how he felt about former Kansas City General Manager Carl Peterson.

Allen began his career with the Chiefs. He led the NFL with 15 1/2 sacks in 2007 but had a public falling out with Peterson and was traded to the Vikings before the 2008 draft. Allen was suspended for the first two games of the 2007 season.

On a conference call with Kansas City media Wednesday, Allen made no secret of his feelings for Peterson. For example, Allen mentioned his "problems in Kansas City" leaving the year after he left; Peterson was fired at that time.

"His name was Carl Peterson," Allen said. "You can write that in caps. I guess I had a problem with Clark [Hunt, chairman of the board for the Chiefs], because he chose Carl over me. When everything went down there, I didn't appreciate being lied to. I was told I'd be getting a [contract] extension and everything and the way things played out. ...

"My biggest thing was, 'Listen, I never lied to you guys. I show up and I bust my tail for you. Please don't lie to me.' After so many times of hearing they're going to take care of you and they don't and hearing the words Carl had to say about me, it's tough to give it your all for somebody like that."

Allen said he had no problem with former Chiefs coach Herm Edwards.

"Herm is one of my good friends to this day," Allen said. "Unfortunately, I think Herm got the raw end of the deal over there, too.

"I feel I put in a good body of work while I was there. But Chiefs fans are good, true fans so I'll expect some boos."

Gallows humor

Chiefs coach Todd Haley, in a conference call with Twin Cities media Wednesday, used a bit of humor when discussing his team's injury-riddled 0-3 start.

For example, when asked whether losing running back Jamaal Charles to an ACL tear made it more difficult to commit to the run, he said, "With how we've played, running and passing, through these first three games, I'd rather not commit to either."

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