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Adrian Peterson wants to play for his fantasy owners

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From a team standpoint, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has one reason to play on a sprained ankle — avoiding the all-time franchise record for losses in a season.  But Peterson has other reasons to give it a try.

Apart from being 128 yards from his fifth 1,000-yard season and 165 yards from the franchise rushing record held by Robert Smith, Peterson wants to help his owners not named Wilf.

“It’s very important, especially for my fantasy team owners,” Peterson said Thursday, according to Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.  “They’ve been giving me a hard time.”

Peterson was smiling when he said that, something his fantasy owners likely haven’t been doing lately.  And Peterson said that he has been hearing from his fantasy owners on Twitter.

“They’ll say, ‘Will you please [play]. I’ll send my wife down to visit you,'” Peterson said.  “Sometimes, it’s like, wow.  Some of the things I read on there is crazy.”

Last week, Peterson said he was 70 percent.  This week, he says he’s at 85 percent.  But he’s no longer limping, and he has practiced on a limited basis each of the last two days.

Peterson suffered a high ankle sprain last month against the Raiders.

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34 Responses to “Adrian Peterson wants to play for his fantasy owners”
  1. otis52gsh says: Dec 16, 2011 8:14 AM

    AP is awesome to watch, but the Viking need to shut him down until he is 100%. Too valuable in the future to chance a more serious injury. This is from a Bears fan.

  2. derekjetersmansion says: Dec 16, 2011 8:15 AM

    Arian Foster, your thoughts?

  3. dbellina says: Dec 16, 2011 8:17 AM

    As someone who has AP on their team, I would like to personally thank Mr. Peterson for this.

  4. saintsfan1111 says: Dec 16, 2011 8:19 AM

    Play for your fantasy owners? It’s a sad day for the Vikings and their fans.

  5. xxshookonexx says: Dec 16, 2011 8:23 AM

    Atta boy! Please tell Arian Foster to do the same

  6. nxsteven says: Dec 16, 2011 8:23 AM

    2-0 without AP so far. Thank you, Shonn Greene.

    Get well soon, AP!

  7. purpleloki says: Dec 16, 2011 8:29 AM

    AP is the man!

  8. stellarperformance says: Dec 16, 2011 8:31 AM

    He’s messing with his career. Let it go and come back strong next year. Give the back-ups some much-needed experience.

  9. whodeydaytonchapter says: Dec 16, 2011 8:38 AM

    God bless All Day! Now if I can just get him to have a talk will Darren McFadden.

  10. dikshuttle says: Dec 16, 2011 8:39 AM

    Yet another example of how FFB is ruining the game.

  11. crashdog says: Dec 16, 2011 8:41 AM

    Good to see AP gets the big picture

  12. notrelated says: Dec 16, 2011 8:42 AM

    Can’t wait to hear all the whining from people who don’t realize it’s all tongue in cheek.

  13. crj202 says: Dec 16, 2011 8:42 AM

    And this is why I draft AP every chance I get. Going to give you 100% anytime he can. Let’s go AP!! Let’s bring home the bacon!!

  14. baltimoresnativeson says: Dec 16, 2011 8:42 AM

    “Ill send my wife down to visit you”
    Wow, is it that serious?

  15. tacoslinger619 says: Dec 16, 2011 8:52 AM

    AP is my new HERO!

  16. ammarradhi says: Dec 16, 2011 8:53 AM

    AP your a beast, your on my fantasy team but I’d much rather you be healthy before pushing it to go back in, you and Percy is all we have

  17. orangeflh says: Dec 16, 2011 8:58 AM

    I sort of agree with the Bears fan that posted first (and I’m a lifelong Packers fan) but typing this, maybe not. They only have 3 more games to play and then he’ll have all off-season to rest and get healthy.

    The saddest thing (for AP) is that he’ll likely be used up long before the Vikings even sniff relevance again.

  18. lionsplayoffs says: Dec 16, 2011 9:01 AM

    Even if he’s just joking around, it’s awesome that he wants to get back out there for FF fans. AP is one of my favorite players to watch.

  19. greenbaydynasty says: Dec 16, 2011 9:21 AM

    if Frasier doesn’t sit him until the end of the season, Viking fans should prepare for an equally ineffective coach such as their previous.

  20. mnfaninaz says: Dec 16, 2011 9:31 AM

    Play for your fantasy owners but please lose for Matt Kalil!


    Love AP!!!!

  21. sodaknick says: Dec 16, 2011 9:32 AM

    As a Vikings fan, I say shut it down and not risk further injury. As a fantasy owner with Toby Gerhardt, I strongly concur with my fan assessment.

  22. thegrey7 says: Dec 16, 2011 9:37 AM

    No doubt AP is the best running back in the game. It’s great to see his work ethic and effort compared to so many other RBs around today. He just got his big contract too, and he’s still going all out.

  23. dgforreal says: Dec 16, 2011 9:49 AM

    “They’ll say, ‘Will you please [play]. I’ll send my wife down to visit you,’”

    Sounds like something one of the characters on The League would say.

  24. jimnsota says: Dec 16, 2011 9:51 AM

    As a Viking fan wanting the best draft pick and playing against AP in FFB playoffs. Vikings would be silly to play him not being 100%. That being said they are the Vikings so he will be inline for 15+ touches.

  25. minnysoda says: Dec 16, 2011 10:06 AM

    I am surprised he would say that.
    I mean aren’t we just a bunch of virtual slave owners.We can make money and these guys make nothing off of it

  26. johnnycash19 says: Dec 16, 2011 10:10 AM

    Now this is what I call modern day slavery.

  27. mnfaninaz says: Dec 16, 2011 11:06 AM

    I really miss all those debates about how Chris Johnson is/was better than AP… classic stuff.

    AP >>>> every running back who has ever played the game besides Barry, Sweetness and Jim Brown.

  28. purpleisreallypinkyouknow says: Dec 16, 2011 11:20 AM

    He meant that, knowing that the Metro will be nearly empty by mid-second quarter when they’re down by 20.

    Needs to play for someone….doesn’t he know it’s ice fishing season up der, eh?

  29. ftbfan76 says: Dec 16, 2011 11:31 AM

    All Day! If it wasn’t for The Saucenator this guy should be labeled the Peoples Champion.

  30. scytherius says: Dec 16, 2011 11:39 AM

    Dude. I have you on 3 of my fantasy teams. Sit out and heal. Don’t play for a bunch of us playing a silly little game and screw your career. Thanks but no thanks.

  31. gmen1987 says: Dec 16, 2011 11:56 AM

    AP, why are you paying attention to those losers?

  32. jrmbadger says: Dec 16, 2011 12:14 PM

    What kind of a classless moron contacts an athlete and asks him to play injured just so they can do better in their fantasy football league?

    Man, some people are so delusional.

  33. buschleaguebandit says: Dec 16, 2011 12:47 PM

    I hope he does play and reagrevates it on the first series. Playing him in 2 out of 3 leagues playoffs..lmao!! Bust ALERT for AP!

  34. joecb91 says: Dec 16, 2011 3:52 PM

    Really? Screw the fantasy owners and screw fantasy football.

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