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Peterson wants to 'knock rust off'

Posted by: Chip Scoggins Updated: August 19, 2013 - 5:20 PM

Adrian Peterson lobbied hard to play the first two preseason games, but Leslie Frazier wasn't about to allow that.

Instead, Peterson will make his preseason debut Sunday at San Francisco.

"When you sit back and watch two games and you see your guys, that second game you start itching for it," he said. "Well, I do. I know a lot of guys shy away from it. But I'm all about competing and getting better with my team."

If he had a choice, Peterson said he'd like to play an entire half Sunday, but he realizes that's probably not going to happen. The best guess is he plays two series.

"I look at it like the coaches look at it and ownership," Peterson said. "That's the picture you've got to look at. That's how the decison is going to be made. I understand that. I just go out there and accept whatever they put on my plate."

Peterson didn't play at all in the preseason last year and won MVP honors. He was asked what he needs to see in preseason action.

"I don't think it's necessarily that I need it," he said. "But it's just being out there as an offensive unit and not having any missing pieces. Whether it's a quarter or two quarters, it's just getting that time in live. There's no way to emulate that so that's the part that I like."

"I'm a vet now so I know how things go," he continued. "I'll be ready to roll either way when that opener comes around. I played a season with preseason games and I've played without. Either way, I'm not looking to get this [certain] amount of carries. It doesn't matter. I just want to get in and play a little bit. Just kind of knock the rust off a little bit."

Peterson looks ansty to play. He killed time during special teams portion of practice working with the defensive ends and linebackers on the blocking sled.

"I was messing with those guys," he said. "I was like, I can definitely see myself coming off the edge. I don't know too many tackles that could put their hands on me. Keep your eyes open for it."

He was joking, of course.





Philadelphia - WP: R. Hernandez 2 FINAL
Washington - LP: D. Fister 1
Seattle - LP: R. Elias 1 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: W. Chen 2
Texas - LP: J. Williams 2 FINAL
Cleveland - WP: D. Salazar 12
Colorado - LP: F. Morales 2 FINAL
Detroit - WP: J. Verlander 4
Cincinnati - WP: M. Latos 5 FINAL
Miami - LP: J. Cosart 2
San Francisco - WP: R. Vogelsong 5 FINAL
NY Mets - LP: J. Niese 1
LA Angels - WP: M. Shoemaker 5 FINAL
Tampa Bay - LP: J. Hellickson 3
NY Yankees - LP: C. Capuano 3 FINAL
Boston - WP: A. Ranaudo 4
Minnesota - LP: C. Fien 8 FINAL
Chicago WSox - WP: J. Guerra 10
Toronto - LP: A. Loup 1 FINAL
Houston - WP: J. Veras 3
Milwaukee - WP: W. Peralta 7 FINAL
St. Louis - LP: A. Wainwright 4
Kansas City - WP: J. Guthrie 1 FINAL
Oakland - LP: S. Gray 0
Pittsburgh - WP: T. Watson 9 FINAL
Arizona - LP: B. Schultz 4
Atlanta - LP: M. Minor 1 FINAL
San Diego - WP: E. Stults 10
Chicago Cubs - WP: K. Hendricks 8 FINAL
Los Angeles - LP: D. Haren 2
NY Giants 8/3/14 7:00 PM
Indianapolis 8/7/14 6:00 PM
NY Jets
San Francisco 8/7/14 6:30 PM
New England 8/7/14 6:30 PM
Cincinnati 8/7/14 7:00 PM
Kansas City
Seattle 8/7/14 8:00 PM
Dallas 8/7/14 9:00 PM
San Diego
Philadelphia 1 FINAL
Sporting Kansas City 1
Winnipeg 27 FINAL
Hamilton 26
Toronto 31 FINAL
Montreal 5
Brt Columbia 25 FINAL
Calgary 24
Saskatchewan 6:00 PM
Saskatchewan 8/7/14 7:30 PM
Edmonton 8/8/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton 8/8/14 9:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Ottawa 8/9/14 6:30 PM
Winnipeg 8/12/14 6:30 PM
Connecticut 89 FINAL
San Antonio 79
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Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pm
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pm
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pm
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pm
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis Noon
Sep 14 - vs. New England Noon
Sep 21 - at New Orleans Noon
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pm
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pm
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit Noon
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo Noon
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay Noon
Nov 2 - vs. Washington Noon
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago Noon
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay Noon
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina Noon
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets Noon
Dec 14 - at Detroit Noon
Dec 21 - at Miami Noon
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago Noon




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