Hurting Peterson says he'll be ready to roll

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 30, 2011 - 6:37 AM

Running back Adrian Peterson said a bruised calf won't slow him down when the Vikings play in Kansas City on Sunday.

Adrian Peterson said a bruised calf won't slow him down when the Vikings play in Kansas City on Sunday.

"I'm feeling good," said the Vikings running back, who returned to practice after taking Wednesday off to rest the injury. "It's sore, but it's not really bothering me."

Peterson said he took a knee to the calf right before halftime of Sunday's 26-23 loss to the Lions, but didn't feel it stiffen until after the game. Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said the injury didn't play a role in Peterson getting only five carries for 5 yards in the second half.

"He fought through it," Musgrave said. "He's a tough guy, as we know."

Peterson said he can handle any discomfort.

"With a contusion, it's all about trying to flush it out and keep the muscle loose," Peterson said. "I have a high tolerance for pain. Pain is only temporary. ... I'll be ready to roll on Sunday."

Coach Leslie Frazier said Peterson went through Thursday's practice -- the first of the year indoors on artificial turf -- "with no ill effects."

Meanwhile, Musgrave echoed Frazier's comments earlier this week when he said the coaches need to stay committed to giving the ball to Peterson.

"We just need to do better and obviously the last three games, what we've been doing in the second half is not good enough, in any respect," Musgrave said. "We look forward to getting that corrected."

New stadium pitch

As discussion of a new stadium continues to swirl, defensive end Jared Allen hasn't changed his stance in the debate.

"We need a new stadium," he said. "I'm sorry. I was watching the news [Wednesday] night and the people in Ramsey County were griping about the tax. And I understand. I understand people don't want to pay more. But it's bad. The Metrodome is bad. I think we have four showers with hot water in there. That's something to think about."

Allen also thinks Viking fans deserve an upgrade in the game day experience.

"Minnesota has such great fans," Allen said. "And they continue to come to the Dome. At the end of that game last week, you couldn't hear. It was awesome. We were watching film and the camera was shaking.

''Those are our passionate fans. They deserve a new stadium as much as anyone, too. You get to that kind of atmosphere where you've got tailgating and you've got that [vibe]. There's just something about it where you pull up into a parking lot where you can tailgate and really get after it, as a player you look forward to that even more so than home games."

Henderson returns

Linebacker E.J. Henderson returned but was limited in practice a day after sitting out to rest his left knee.

"He looked good, but he's still a little tender," Frazier said. "We'll have to take a look at him [Friday] to see where he is."

Henderson has to miss practice occasionally because his knee swells in the area where he had a metal rod inserted during surgery to repair a broken femur in 2009.

He missed two days of practice two weeks ago and was listed as questionable but still played the following Sunday.

The rest of the injury report: Peterson (calf), safety Tyrell Johnson (hip) and tight end Jim Kleinsasser (elbow) were limited in practice. Safety Jamarca Sanford (thigh) was added to the injury report, but had full participation. Cornerback Asher Allen (toe), defensive tackle Kevin Williams (foot) and cornerback Chris Cook (groin) also had full participation.

Question about Berrian

Receiver Bernard Berrian has been targeted 10 times and has one catch for 17 yards this season. Musgrave was asked if Berrian is doing all he needs to do in order to get open.

"Most definitely," Musgrave said. "We're pleased with Bernard. We're pleased with all of our players."

Frazier said the team will continue to look for ways to get the deep ball to Berrian. He also said Devin Aromashodu and Michael Jenkins are receivers they feel they can throw deep to.

Staff writer Dan Wiederer contributed to this report

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