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Adrian Peterson could miss another week

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As the Vikings try to avoid their first ever 2-14 season, they could be without running back Adrian Peterson for at least one more game beyond Week 13.

Per a league source, the high ankle sprain suffered by Peterson could keep him on the sidelines for next Sunday’s game against the Lions.

Peterson suffered the injury on November 20 against the Raiders.  It looked much worse than it ended up being, but it has been bad enough to keep him on the sidelines for two weeks and counting.

The question for the Vikings, who have no hope for anything in 2011 other than avoiding further embarrassment, will be whether to use Peterson at all in the final games of a lost season.  One factor could be the job status of coach Leslie Frazier beyond 2011; if the team ends up matching the 3-13 low-water mark of 1984, Frazier could be one-and-done, just as Les Steckel was 27 season ago.  (On that point, Frazier likely wouldn’t jeopardize Peterson to save Frazier’s job.  But Peterson may be even more inclined to get back out on the field to help the cause.)

Then there’s the ongoing push for a new stadium.  With the issue of public funding still up in the air, it helps to have a team that gives the locals something about which they can have hope.  A 2-14 or 3-13 record doesn’t really do that.

Of course, neither does 4-12 or 5-11.  So maybe the best move would be to ensure that Peterson is healthy heading into the 2012 offseason, since right now he’s the most hope the franchise has.

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13 Responses to “Adrian Peterson could miss another week”
  1. smack1114 says: Dec 4, 2011 10:17 AM

    “Of course, neither does 4-12 or 5-11. So maybe the best move would be to ensure that Peterson is healthy heading into the 2012 offseason, since right now he’s the most hope the franchise has.”

    I would guess the quoted comment is what it all comes down to.

  2. canetic says: Dec 4, 2011 10:19 AM

    Um, what about the fact that many people need AP to come back for their fantasy football playoffs? That should be consideration #1.

    Just kidding. Get well soon AP. I’ll draft you again next year.

  3. phadedwun says: Dec 4, 2011 10:21 AM

    No point in him playing anyhow – their season is over.

    Don’t aggravate his injury.

  4. phillipbritain says: Dec 4, 2011 10:26 AM

    You better come back. My fantasy teams needs you!

  5. rugdog100 says: Dec 4, 2011 10:29 AM

    Why would they even consider rushing him back this year?

  6. kingviking414 says: Dec 4, 2011 10:32 AM

    A great athlete never wants to sit. But, AP may do his team a service by not playing again this year. If they do go 2-14 they will have a chance to draft Matt Kalil. They need to protect Ponder and this is a great place to start.

  7. captainwisdom8888 says: Dec 4, 2011 10:32 AM

    He stays banged up. He is the most complete back…like ever. But he coughs it up from time to time and stays banged up

  8. sakatak says: Dec 4, 2011 10:35 AM

    No sunglasses needed in Viking land, the future looks very dark.

  9. isphet71 says: Dec 4, 2011 10:36 AM

    The game is better with AP running the ball. But man – this season is done, so if there is any risk of more serious injury, just don’t bother. And this is coming from a guy that drafted AP in his fantasy league with his first pick.

  10. frankgarrett says: Dec 4, 2011 10:51 AM

    It’s obvious he would rather get paid instead of playing for a winner

  11. gb4mn0 says: Dec 4, 2011 11:09 AM

    The real story today in Manya$$holsus, MN is Timmy comes to Tebow the pitiful 2-9 vikequeens and keep them on pace for their historic run to the worst season in franchise history.

  12. mikebinrookline says: Dec 4, 2011 12:44 PM

    Let him sit 1 more week, as long as he plays weeks 15/16 that’s all 99% of us care about (yes, fantasy playoffs)!

    Seriously though, get better AP!

  13. mwhite28 says: Dec 5, 2011 3:50 PM

    Yea uh some of us kind of need AP to play considering he was our #1 overall pick and were heading into week 1 of fantasy playoffs. Thanks

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