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Peterson 'ready to roll'

Posted by: Chip Scoggins Updated: December 20, 2013 - 1:40 PM

Adrian Peterson admitted he wasn't happy when Vikings coach Leslie Frazier informed him last week that he would be inactive against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Peterson was listed as questionable because of a foot sprain, but he felt healthy enough to play.

"Man, words can’t even express it," Peterson said. "I was hot. I was devastated. I was looking forward to play and being out there with the guys. I didn’t get my way that day."

Peterson officially is listed as questionable for Sunday's game at Cincinnati, but he expects to play. Peterson did some work in Friday's practice and said his foot is making progress.

"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."

Rookie Xavier Rhodes (ankle) is the only player that Frazier declared as out on the final injuiry report. Tight end John Carlson is listed as doubtful after experiencing concussion symptoms on Thursday after returning to practice a day earlier. Frazier raised the possibility that Carlson might not play the final two games because of his concussion history.

Running back Matt Asiata (ankle) also is listed as questionable.

Peterson, Gerhart, Cook, Rhodes not playing today

Posted by: Chip Scoggins Updated: December 15, 2013 - 10:37 AM

The Vikings will be without running backs Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart today against the Philadelphia Eagles at Mall of America Field.

Both players were officially declared out with the inactives. Peterson (foot sprain) and Gerhart (hamstring) had been listed as questionable on the final injury report.

The two made some improvement throughout the week, but not enough to risk playing Sunday.

Matt Asiata will start in place of Peterson. Asiata has only three carries in his career, none this season. The Vikings promoted Joe Banyard from the practice squad on Saturday to provide some depth.

On defense, the Vikings will be without their starting cornerbacks Xavier Rhodes and Chris Cook. Rhodes was listed as doubtful because of the ankle injury. Cook was questionable after being added to the injury report on Friday because of a knee injury.

The Vikings haven't announced lineup changes, but it sounds like Marcus Sherels and Shaun Prater will start with converted safety Robert Blanton remaining in the nickel role.

The other inactives are quarterback Josh Freeman, offensive guard Brandon Fusco (knee) and tight end John Carlson (concussion),

Smith activated; no decision yet on Peterson, Gerhart

Posted by: Chip Scoggins Updated: December 14, 2013 - 1:37 PM

The Vikings activated safety Harrison Smith from the injured reserve/designed for return list on Saturday, clearing the way for him to play Sunday against Philadelphia.

Smith has missed the past eight games will dealing with a turf toe injury. He returned to practice two weeks ago but was not eligible to return until Sunday's game.

The Vikings announced a series of moves Saturday because of their injury situation. The team promoted running back Joe Banyard and cornerback Robert Steeples from their practice squad.

Banyard provides insurance with Adrian Peterson (foot) and Toby Gerhart (hamstring) both listed as questionable. A team source said no decision had been made on their status as of early Saturday afternoon.

Steeples was promoted to the active roster because rookie Xavier Rhodes (ankle) is listed as doubtful and Chris Cook (knee) is questionable. Cook was added to the injury report on Friday.

The Vikings also officially placed cornerback Josh Robinson on injured reserve and waived offensive tackle Mike Remmers,
 

Peterson, Gerhart miss practice again

Posted by: Chip Scoggins Updated: December 12, 2013 - 3:49 PM

Adrian Peterson (foot) and Toby Gerhart (hamstring) missed a second day of practice Thursday.

Coach Leslie Frazier said he hopes both will be able to do some work Friday. Peterson, who suffered a foot sprain, only has done pool rehab this week.

Asked what he needs to see from both players Friday in order to feel comfortable putting them on the field Sunday, Frazier said, "In Adrian's case, being able to see him cut, plant, just put some weight on that foot. Then with Toby, just see if he can burst a little bit with a hamstring. Hopefully, we can find that out tomorrow."

Tight end John Carlson is still experiencing concussion symptoms so he’s not been cleared to practice. Cornerback Xavier Rhodes (ankle) and right guard Brandon Fusco (knee) also did not practice.

“I’m hoping that we’ll get Brandon out there [Friday],” Frazier said. “Xavier will be touch and go. We’ll know more tomorrow. That’s a big day for all those guys.”

Vikings announce all-Metrodome team

Posted by: Chip Scoggins Updated: December 12, 2013 - 2:56 PM

With only two games left in the Metrodome, the Vikings announced their all-Mall of America Field team on Thursday.

The team was chosen by fan voting over the past month and recognizes the "greatest Vikings to play in the stadium." The team consists of 27 current and former players -- 12 offensive players, 11 defensive players and four special teamers, as well as the head coach. The team will be honored during halftime of Sunday's game against Philadelphia.

Here is the team:

OFFENSE

PLAYER               POS.             YEARS

Daunte Culpepper... QB........... 1999-05

Adrian Peterson....... RB........... 2007-13

Robert Smith........... RB........... 1993-00

Anthony Carter....... WR........... 1985-93

Cris Carter.............. WR........... 1990-01

Randy Moss........... WR...... 1998-04,’10

Steve Jordan............ TE........... 1982-94

Tim Irwin..................... T........... 1981-93

Gary Zimmerman....... T........... 1986-92

Steve Hutchinson...... G........... 2006-11

Randall McDaniel...... G........... 1988-99

Matt Birk..................... C........... 1998-08

DEFENSE

PLAYER               POS.             YEARS

Jared Allen............... DE........... 2008-13

Chris Doleman......... DE...... 1985-93,’99

John Randle............. DT........... 1990-00

Kevin Williams......... DT........... 2003-13

Chad Greenway....... LB........... 2006-13

Ed McDaniel............. LB........... 1992-01

Scott Studwell.......... LB........... 1977-90

Carl Lee................... CB........... 1983-93

Antoine Winfield....... CB........... 2004-12

Robert Griffith............ S........... 1994-01

Joey Browner............. S........... 1983-91

SPECIAL TEAMS

PLAYER               POS.             YEARS

Percy Harvin........... RS........... 2009-12

Chris Kluwe................ P........... 2005-12

Ryan Longwell............ K........... 2006-11

Chris Walsh.............. ST........... 1994-02

HEAD COACH

Dennis Green ........................... 1992-01

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