Adrian Peterson’s status to be a game-time decision for Vikings
The availability of Minnesota Vikings All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson, who has yet to play in a game since tearing ligaments in his left knee last season, will remain a game-time decision for the season opener on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Coach Leslie Frazier said after practice Friday.
All signs point to Peterson seeing limited action. He is listed as questionable -- giving him a 50% chance of playing -- on the injury report. The Vikings have until 90 minutes before kickoff to release their active list.
Team officials said earlier in the week that they’d make a determination about Peterson’s availability against the Jaguars after Friday’s practice. The fact that he’s a game-time decision is a clue that he will play.
Stanford star Toby Gerhart would be the starter if Peterson is ruled inactive for the game.
“I think we’d know Saturday where we are,” Frazier said on Thursday of Peterson’s availability. “I don’t think we’d work him out pregame to see if he is ready to play. I think we will have a good idea when we get through with Friday where he stands.”
Peterson has left no doubts about where he stands on the issue.
“I’m ready to play,” he said. “So that’s 10 snaps, 5, 25, 30, I’m ready to roll. That’s my mindset and how I’m feeling about it. So, I’m just going to keep my mind, my mindset, pointed in that direction.”
Peterson also said he understands the final decision is not his.
“I’m below; I got Coach Frazier, then I’ve got the owner, there’s a lot of people that’s really calling the shots,” he said. “So, only thing I can do is control my part. I’ve been doing that this week, continue to do that today. And before the game, I’m going to go out there and see what I can do and hopefully I will get the nod. I want to play, obviously.”
News service and Internet reports contributed to this article.
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