Adrian Peterson’s farewell to the field on which he ran for an NFL-record 296 yards in 2007 and surpassed 2,000 yards a year ago is likely to come from the sideline as a gameday inactive.
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier has listed the reigning league MVP as doubtful for Sunday’s season finale against the Lions in what will be the final game in the 31-year history of the Metrodome.
“We’ll see what happens [Saturday],” said Frazier, referring to the team’s next evaluation of Peterson’s groin and foot injuries.
Asked if there’s any way Peterson could talk him into letting him play at the last minute on Sunday morning, Frazier said, “No, unless something dramatically changes.”
Peterson, who practiced on a limited basis Thursday, said the groin injury that’s nagged him for weeks is more responsible for keeping him out than the foot sprain he suffered three weeks ago in Baltimore.
Frazier responded quickly when asked if the team had simply decided to rest Peterson in a game with no playoff implications.
“No, that’s not why,” Frazier said. “If he could play, just like last week, he’d be out there.”
If Peterson doesn’t play Sunday, he will finish the season with 1,266 yards. That would tie for the seventh-best season in team history. Of course, Peterson owns the top two seasons and four of the top five.
On Friday, Peterson was the Vikings’ lone player named to the Pro Bowl. Peterson’s six Pro Bowl selections are tied for fifth-most in team history. The only people ahead of him are Hall of Famers: guard Randall McDaniel (11), defensive tackle Alan Page (nine), receiver Cris Carter (eight) and offensive tackle Ron Yary (seven).
Gerhart out; Asiata ready
Peterson’s backup, Toby Gerhart, reinjured his hamstring in Sunday’s loss at Cincinnati and was officially listed as out on Friday.
So rather than Gerhart getting one more game to showcase himself in the final game of his rookie contract, the running back load will fall to Matt Asiata and Joe Banyard.
Two weeks ago, in a 48-30 victory over the Eagles, Asiata carried the ball 30 times for 51 yards and three touchdowns with both Peterson and Gerhart sidelined.
“Going behind AP, he’s the best at doing it,” Asiata said. “So I can’t really be the same as him, but I try. I’m just going to try.”
Rookie cornerback Xavier Rhodes (ankle) practiced on a limited basis Friday and has been listed as questionable. That’s good news for the secondary, considering Rhodes’ 23 passes defensed leads the team by nine.
Cornerback Shaun Prater (ankle) also is listed as questionable, meaning the starters could be Marcus Sherels and Chris Cook, who struggled a week ago while playing despite a knee injury.
Frazier said even if Rhodes plays, he likely wouldn’t start because of the amount of practice time he’s missed.
Meanwhile, nose tackle Letroy Guion (quadriceps) didn’t practice Friday and has been listed as doubtful.
|Boston - WP: M. Ott||4||FINAL|
|Minnesota - LP: M. Hoffman||3|
|Cincinnati||7||Top 9th Inning|
|Chicago WSox||2||Top 6th Inning|
|Kansas City||4||Bottom 5th Inning|
|Milwaukee||7||Top 9th Inning|
|Seattle||6||Bottom 8th Inning|
|San Francisco||8:05 PM|
|LA Lakers||8:30 PM|
|San Jose||6:00 PM|
|NY Rangers||7:00 PM|
|UC Santa Barbara||38|
|San Diego St||73|
|Utah Valley U||83|
|Colorado||37||2nd Half 15:41|
|Cal State Fullerton||35||2nd Half 15:59|
|Long Beach State||36|
|Idaho||34||2nd Half 16:24|
|Wyoming||35||2nd Half 15:45|
|Florida A&M||29||1st Half 0:29|
|Ohio||13||1st Half 14:31|
|Penn State||3||1st Half 14:39|
|Northern Colorado||10||1st Half 16:51|
|Duquesne||6||1st Half 15:05|
|Savannah State||7:00 PM|
|Texas-El Paso||7:00 PM|
|Oral Roberts||7:30 PM|
|Sam Houston St|
|Alabama A&M||8:00 PM|
|Eastern Mich||8:00 PM|
|UC Riverside||8:00 PM|
|Georgia Tech||8:00 PM|
|Rhode Island||8:00 PM|
|Portland State||8:00 PM|
|Fresno State||8:00 PM|
|Miss State||8:25 PM|
|West Virginia||8:30 PM|
|Boise State||10:30 PM|
|New Mexico St|
|Miss Valley St||68||FINAL|
|(22) Middle Tennessee||69|
|William & Mary||65|
|Bradley||52||2nd Half 8:21|
|Montana State||14||1st Half 2:52|
|Alabama State||10||1st Half 14:09|
|Louisiana Tech||6:00 PM|
|Southern Ill||7:07 PM|
|Idaho State||7:30 PM|
|Old Dominion||8:30 PM|
|Aug 9 - vs. Houston||7 pm||X||27-13|
|Aug 16 - at Buffalo||6 pm||X||20-16|
|Aug 25 - at San Francisco||7 pm||X||34-14|
|Aug 29 - vs. Tennessee||7 pm||X||24-23|
|2013 regular season|
|Sep 8 - at Detroit||Noon||X||34-24|
|Sep 15 - at Chicago||Noon||X||31-30|
|Sep 22 - vs. Cleveland||Noon||X||31-27|
|Sep 29 - vs. Pittsburgh (in London)||Noon||X||34-27|
|Oct 6 - Bye|
|Oct 13 - vs. Carolina||Noon||X||35-10|
|Oct 21 - at. NY Giants||7:40 pm||X||23-7|
|Oct 27 - vs. Green Bay||7:30 pm||X||44-31|
|Nov 3 - at Dallas||Noon||X||27-23|
|Nov 7 - vs. Washington||7:25 pm||X||34-27|
|Nov 17 - at Seattle||3:25 pm||X||41-20|
|Nov. 24 - at Green Bay||Noon||26-26|
|Dec 1 - vs. Chicago||Noon||X||23-20|
|Dec 8 - at Baltimore||Noon||X||29-26|
|Dec 15 - vs. Philadelphia||Noon||X||48-30|
|Dec 22 - at Cincinnati||Noon||X||42-14|
|Dec 29 - vs. Detroit||Noon||X||14-13|