Peterson doubtful for Vikings' finale Sunday against Lions
The Sports Xchange
The Minnesota Vikings will play their final game at Mall of America Field on Sunday, but star Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is unlikely to participate in the farewell game.
Peterson is doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions because of injuries to his groin and foot, Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said Friday.
Peterson said Thursday his strained groin bothered him more than the sprained right foot that forced him to sit out the Dec. 15 game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Frazier also said the groin problem is the bigger issue, although he added that holding Peterson out of Sunday’s game would not be a matter of protecting Peterson in a meaningless game for the Vikings, who are 4-10-1.
“If he could play, just like last week, he’d be out there,” Frazier said. “If we felt like he was ready to go, he’d be out there.”
Frazier said something would have to dramatically change between Friday and Sunday for Peterson to play.
With backup running back Toby Gerhart also out with a strained hamstring, the Vikings are expected to start Matt Asiata at running back with Joe Banyard as his backup.
If Peterson’s season is over, he would finish with 1,266 rushing yards. That would be the second-lowest total of Peterson’s career, behind only his 2011 season, when a knee injury limited him to 12 games.
Peterson won league the MVP honors last year when he rushed for 2,097 yards.