Adrian Peterson admitted Friday that he was not happy when Vikings coach Leslie Frazier informed him that he would be inactive against the Philadelphia Eagles last week.
Peterson was listed as questionable because of a right foot sprain, but he said he felt healthy enough to play.
Frazier admitted afterward that he and Peterson had a difficult conversation.
“Man, words can’t even express it,” Peterson said. “I was hot. I was devastated. I was looking forward to playing and being out there with the guys. I didn’t get my way that day.”
Why devastated in a season that, until that point, had produced only three wins?
“Because I was to the point where I felt like I was ready to go,” he said. “I’m in game mode and then I find out that I’m not playing. No matter what I had to say, that’s what it was. That’s why it was tough. But fortunately, we got a win, so that kind of eased the pain a little bit.”
Peterson is listed as questionable again for Sunday’s game at Cincinnati, but he and Frazier expect a different outcome this time. Peterson said that his foot is making progress and that he did some work in practice Friday after resting the previous day.
“I’m looking forward to playing this week,” he said. “Get another day to rest [Saturday], which is going to be good.
“I’ll be ready to roll.”
In addition to his foot injury, Peterson also is still dealing with a groin injury that has bothered him the second half of the season.
“It’s been affecting me, no doubt,” he said. “It’s kind of been a nagging injury, unfortunately. But I’ve just been trying to do what I can to rest it up and strengthen it and just to maintain it through the end of the season.”
Despite his assortment of injuries — he dealt with hamstring tightness for about a month early in the season — Peterson hasn’t given up on winning the NFL rushing title. He trails Philadelphia’s LeSean McCoy by 122 yards with two games remaining.
“It’s not over 200 yards so it’s still in play,” he said.
Ford gets opportunity
The Vikings signed tight end Chase Ford to their practice squad on Dec. 26 last season because they needed depth in practice and viewed him as a raw prospect who had some receiving skills.
A season-ending foot injury to Kyle Rudolph and John Carlson’s concussion symptoms have created an opportunity for Ford, who caught an important 37-yard pass on third down against the Eagles last week.
Ford will get more playing time Sunday with Carlson listed as doubtful after experiencing concussion symptoms this week.
“When we came out of training camp, we weren’t even sure that [Ford] would make our football team,” Frazier said, “and he ends up on our practice [squad] and now he’s making big contributions to our team.”
Ford has excellent size (6-6, 255 pounds) and looks like a natural receiver. He still needs to improve as a blocker, but Vikings coaches rave about his work ethic and attitude.
“He’s just worked and worked and worked,” offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said. “He’s earned more playing time and continues to impress.”
Rhodes declared out
Rookie cornerback Xavier Rhodes will miss his second consecutive game because of an ankle sprain.
Rhodes did some running on the side during Friday’s practice, but he’s not ready to play.
Chris Cook will return after missing the Eagles game because of a knee injury.
Frazier did not announce who will start in Rhodes’ place, but it will be either Marcus Sherels or Shaun Prater.
• Eagles quarterback Nick Foles was fined $10,000 for an illegal peel-back block on linebacker Erin Henderson last week. Foles was penalized on the play, which nullified an 18-yard touchdown run by DeSean Jackson in the second quarter.
|Dallas||44||4th Qtr 1:40|
|Philadelphia||34||4th Qtr 1:55|
|St. Louis||3:25 PM|
|TBA||1/3/15 2:00 AM|
|TBA||1/3/15 2:00 AM|
|TBA||1/4/15 2:00 AM|
|TBA||1/4/15 2:00 AM|
|Oklahoma City||6:30 PM|
|New York||8:00 PM|
|Central Conn St||48||FINAL|
|Long Beach State||67||FINAL|
|UMKC||62||1st OT 1:17|
|Coast Guard||30||2nd Half 14:41|
|Thomas (GA)||29||2nd Half 18:56|
|Texas Southern||25||2nd Half 17:32|
|Rutgers||29||2nd Half 18:13|
|NC Wesleyan||27||2nd Half 15:47|
|South Dakota St||34||2nd Half 15:56|
|Central Penn College||31||2nd Half 18:32|
|Bowling Green||41||2nd Half 15:55|
|Harris-Stowe||40||2nd Half 13:33|
|SE Missouri St||52|
|Robert Morris-IL||31||2nd Half 16:03|
|Northland College||40||2nd Half 10:52|
|North Dakota St||60|
|Milwaukee||33||2nd Half 14:32|
|Northwestern St||32||1st Half 1:57|
|Saint Peters||3||1st Half 12:08|
|St Katherine||10||1st Half 15:41|
|Haskell||2||1st Half 15:35|
|Wake Forest||8||1st Half 14:20|
|Fla Gulf Coast||6||1st Half 16:30|
|SD Christian||2||1st Half 15:28|
|Miss Valley St||4:00 PM|
|Delaware State||4:00 PM|
|NW Christian||5:00 PM|
|UC Davis||5:00 PM|
|Abilene Christian||5:00 PM|
|Stony Brook||7:00 PM|
|(15) Arizona State||36||FINAL|
|Texas A&M||12/29/14 1:00 PM|
|Oklahoma||12/29/14 4:30 PM|
|Arkansas||12/29/14 8:00 PM|
|Notre Dame||12/30/14 2:00 PM|
|(13) Georgia||12/30/14 5:45 PM|
|Maryland||12/30/14 9:00 PM|
|(9) Ole Miss||12/31/14 11:30 AM|
|(21) Boise State||12/31/14 3:00 PM|
|(8) Miss State||12/31/14 7:00 PM|
|(10) Georgia Tech|
|(19) Auburn||1/1/15 11:00 AM|
|(7) Michigan State||1/1/15 11:30 AM|
|(16) Missouri||1/1/15 12:00 PM|
|(2) Florida State||1/1/15 4:00 PM|
|(5) Ohio State||1/1/15 7:30 PM|
|Houston||1/2/15 11:00 AM|
|Iowa||1/2/15 2:20 PM|
|(11) Kansas State||1/2/15 5:45 PM|
|Washington||1/2/15 9:15 PM|
|East Carolina||1/3/15 11:00 AM|
|Toledo||1/4/15 8:00 PM|
|(10) Oregon State||63||FINAL|
|(20) Michigan State||57|
|(24) Green Bay||66||FINAL|
|Milwaukee||72||2nd Half 0:01|
|Richmond||59||2nd Half 0:11|
|William & Mary||56|
|Western Mich||45||2nd Half 7:03|
|Davidson||63||2nd Half 1:44|
|UNC Greensboro||26||2nd Half|
|Denver||35||2nd Half 13:43|
|VA Commonwealth||42||2nd Half 16:42|
|Huston-Tillotson||14||2nd Half 13:47|
|Lamar||37||2nd Half 16:56|
|Miss Valley St||25||2nd Half 15:51|
|Saint Louis||41||2nd Half 14:53|
|Middle Tennessee||47||2nd Half 16:59|
|Penn State||26||2nd Half 18:07|
|Purdue||29||2nd Half 18:23|
|DePaul||59||2nd Half 18:39|
|Sam Houston St||15||2nd Half 17:03|
|South Dakota||31||1st Half 2:25|
|Fla Gulf Coast||3:00 PM|
|(4) Notre Dame||6||1st Half 15:02|
|Coll of Charleston||10||1st Half 12:45|
|Alcorn State||6||1st Half 16:45|
|Dartmouth||0||1st Half 16:35|
|Michigan||0||1st Half 16:58|
|(25) Arizona State|
|UC Santa Barbara||4:00 PM|
|Long Island||4:00 PM|
|Long Beach St|
|Jackson State||4:00 PM|
|Aug 8 - vs. Oakland||7 pm||X||10-6|
|Aug 16 - vs. Arizona||7:30 pm||X||30-28|
|Aug 23 - at Kansas City||7 pm||X||30-12|
|Aug 28 - at Tennessee||7 pm||X||19-3|
|2014 regular season|
|Sep 7 - at St. Louis||Noon||X||34-6|
|Sep 14 - vs. New England||Noon||X||30-7|
|Sep 21 - at New Orleans||Noon||X||20-9|
|Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta||3:25 pm||X||41-28|
|Oct 2 - at Green Bay||7:25 pm||X||42-10|
|Oct 12 - vs. Detroit||Noon||X||17-3|
|Oct 19 - at. Buffalo||Noon||X||17-16|
|Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay||Noon||X||19-13 ot|
|Nov 2 - vs. Washington||Noon||X||29-26|
|Nov 9 - Bye|
|Nov 16 - at Chicago||Noon||X||21-13|
|Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay||Noon||X||24-21|
|Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina||Noon||X||31-13|
|Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets||Noon||X||30-24 ot|
|Dec 14 - at Detroit||3:25 pm||X||16-14|
|Dec 21 - at Miami||Noon||X||37-35|
|Dec 28 - vs. Chicago||Noon|