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What's the over-under on Peterson's preseason carries?

Posted by: Mark Craig under Vikings, NFC, Leslie Frazier, Adrian Peterson, Leslie Frazier Updated: July 26, 2013 - 9:05 AM

MANKATO -- Thursday, a reporter made a good point. Hey, it happens sometimes.

The reporter's question for Vikings coach Leslie Frazier, in not so many words, was basically, "Ah, ya know this Adrian Peterson fella did pretty well last year with nary a snap in the preseason. Why is God's green earth would he play a snap in this year's preseason?"

Standing on sidelines during exhibitions worked out pretty well for many years during LaDanian Tomlinson's soon-to-be Hall of Fame career. It also preceded Peterson's 2,097-yard, MVP-winning 2013 season.

“You probably won’t see Adrian get a whole lot of carries in the preseason,” Frazier responded. “He’ll get some opportunities in the preseason, but his workload will come when we kick off the season, not the preseason.”

Wonder what the over-under is on Peterson's preseason "opportunities." Perhaps 10? Or perhaps that's 10 too many based on what AP did a year ago. 

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2013 preseason     
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Aug 16 - at Buffalo 6 pmX20-16
Aug 25 - at San Francisco 7 pmX34-14
Aug 29 - vs. Tennessee 7 pmX24-23
2013 regular season     
Sep 8 - at Detroit NoonX34-24
Sep 15 - at Chicago NoonX31-30
Sep 22 - vs. Cleveland NoonX31-27
Sep 29 - vs. Pittsburgh (in London) NoonX34-27
Oct 6 - Bye
Oct 13 - vs. Carolina NoonX35-10
Oct 21 - at. NY Giants 7:40 pmX23-7
Oct 27 - vs. Green Bay 7:30 pmX44-31
Nov 3 - at Dallas NoonX27-23
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Nov 17 - at Seattle 3:25 pmX41-20
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