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No practice on Tuesday for Adrian Peterson

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If the Vikings would have practiced on Monday, running back Adrian Peterson wouldn’t have.  They practiced on Tuesday, and Adrian Peterson didn’t.

In advance of Thursday night’s game against the Buccaneers, Peterson is resting an ankle that, as he said last week, is “hurting consistently.”  During a Monday appearance on PFT Live, Peterson said the ankle is doing better, and it was clear that he’ll play on Thursday night.

Also out on Tuesday was tight end John Carlson, who has a concussion.  Limited for the Vikings were defensive end Jared Allen (groin), tackle Matt Kalil (back), safety Mistral Raymond (ankle), safety Harrison Smith (calf), and cornerback Antoine Winfield (knee).

Fully participating were running back Matt Asiata (knee), safety Robert Blanton (hamstring), defensive tackle Fred Evans (knee), linebacker Marvin Mitchell (calf), quarterback Christian Ponder (knee), and receiver Jerome Simpson (back, foot).

In contrast, the Bucs are very healthy.  All injured players fully participated in practice on Tuesday, including linebacker Adam Hayward (ankle), receiver Vincent Jackson (calf), cornerback Brandon McDonald (ankle), guard Carl Nicks (foot), and center Jeremy Zuttah (quadricep).

The Vikings can improve to 6-2 overall, including 5-0 at home, if they beat the Buccaneers on Thursday night.

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24 Responses to “No practice on Tuesday for Adrian Peterson”
  1. jerrykill4pres says: Oct 23, 2012 7:43 PM

    He doesn’t need “practice”…

    Leslie, keep the Beast in the cage.. Come Thursday night, around say 7pm, throw a few “T-bones” in the end zone, and let the animal out to do his thing.

  2. thetokyosandblaster says: Oct 23, 2012 7:44 PM

    Meh… doesn’t matter.

    As Vikings fans keep telling the world, they’re a team, and if they lose any one person, they’ll still keep winning… even if that person is Adrian Peterson.

    They’re probably 100% right.

  3. waltmink says: Oct 23, 2012 7:53 PM

    Ummm, I’m a Vikings fan and I’ll tell you right now that if they should lose Harvin or Peterson they don’t win anymore games. I wish this wasn’t the case but I’m afraid it is. If you don’t see that then you’re in denial.

  4. realfann says: Oct 23, 2012 8:15 PM

    After reading your last Peterson article, he’s probably spending the time thinking about retirement.

  5. jthv83 says: Oct 23, 2012 8:28 PM

    The Bucs are and what their record says they are. However, they’ve consistantly played remarkable against the run this season and they’re pass offense can play with anyone. It wouldn’t be a shock to me, a Bucs fan if they go to the Purple Dome and beat the Vikings who’ve played well all year and have won the close games.

    Viking fans better not think this game is gonna be easy and shouldn’t be surprised if Josh Freeman and his Young Bucs upset them -10.

  6. pappavike says: Oct 23, 2012 8:34 PM

    I would like to know my the Vikes don’t try Webb at wide reciver. Seams to me that as fast as Webb is he would be a nice option for the Vikes to stretch the field. Defences would have to honor his ability that means some one else has one on one coverage. I under stand the risks but for a couple of plays it would be worth it!!

  7. jthv83 says: Oct 23, 2012 8:34 PM

    Oh and that’s being very humble knowing we’re 2-4 who shoulda, coulda, woulda be 5-1 or 6-0 with VERY winnable games against NYG, DAL, WAS and NO.

  8. pappavike says: Oct 23, 2012 8:37 PM

    The Vikes are not taking any team lightly!! Ponder will step up and make the Bucs respect tha pass!!

  9. scottieplongballs says: Oct 23, 2012 8:58 PM

    Every team, “coulda shoulda” be 6-1 by now. But the bucs are not. They are finding ways to loose the close ones and the Vikes are finding ways to win them. But this is the NFL and no team is guaranteed a win, ever.

  10. conormacleod says: Oct 23, 2012 9:29 PM

    8, 9 men in the box. Give us your best shot. AP will not be denied. And Jared Allen will have Freeman running for his life all day.

  11. n001363 says: Oct 23, 2012 9:40 PM

    Bucs have been a thorn in our side for years. The more people think we should win when we play them, the more people end up being wrong. It’s a must win, our schedule gets Brutal!

  12. banlarson says: Oct 23, 2012 9:42 PM

    Good news for Vikings is Ponder can’t play any worse than last week, so if they can play as well on defense and stop the penalties on returns they should be just fine.

  13. krismn22 says: Oct 23, 2012 9:59 PM

    I’ll be the first to admit I didn’t see any more than 6 wins on the Vikings schedule 2 months ago. Now that we’re all thinking playoffs, this is an absolute must-win considering what the schedule looks like post-bye.

  14. tremoluxman says: Oct 23, 2012 10:17 PM

    pappavike says: Oct 23, 2012 8:34 PM

    I would like to know my the Vikes don’t try Webb at wide reciver. Seams to me that as fast as Webb is he would be a nice option for the Vikes to stretch the field. Defences would have to honor his ability that means some one else has one on one coverage. I under stand the risks but for a couple of plays it would be worth it!!
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    I’ve been thinking the same thing. Webb would give any coverage a headache. With him, Simpson, and Harvin lined up, and AP in the backfield, who are you going to cover?

  15. urcrap says: Oct 23, 2012 10:58 PM

    The pieces are in place. Or is it the pieces are all over the place? I forget.

  16. jerrykill4pres says: Oct 24, 2012 12:16 AM

    waltmink says:Oct 23, 2012 7:53 PM

    Ummm, I’m a Vikings fan and I’ll tell you right now that if they should lose Harvin or Peterson they don’t win anymore games. I wish this wasn’t the case but I’m afraid it is. If you don’t see that then you’re in denial.
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    You couldn’t be more correct. Every team has that one person they can’t lose or they are on a huge downward spiral. We have AP and Percy. GB has Rogers, Chi has Cutler… You lose one of those guys and your team is in shambles. Atleast if we lose Ponder, we still would have our 2 beasts.

    Having the 3rd best qb in the division and being 5-2 isn’t a bad thing. If Ponder was half of what Rogers is, we would be 7-0 right now.

  17. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Oct 24, 2012 12:31 AM

    Can we forget about Joe Webb at wide receiver? We have a wide receiver who is fast and can jump, and he’s actually a wide receiver! His name is Jerome Simpson. If we’re not going to throw it to him, why would we throw it to a quarterback?

  18. jthv83 says: Oct 24, 2012 12:38 AM

    Jared Allen hasn’t had any luck against Donald Penn, ever … But please, make #5 run all day. Bucs fans have been begging for him to do just that.

    The Bucs offense isn’t the ? So let me be the first to fire a cannon across you Vikings fans’ bow, don’t be surprised if the Bucs score 30+ points.

    The ? is, can Ponder (Go ‘Noles) do the same assuming the NFL’s #3 Run Defense does their job?

    – a very humble Bucs fan.

  19. vladedivacscigs says: Oct 24, 2012 1:03 AM

    In regards to webb playing quarterback, just because he’s an athlete doesn’t mean he’s going to be a quality wide receiver. We’ve seen freaky athletes (see: Troy Williamson) who haven’t been able to catch the ball. Going up against NFL quality defensive backfields takes more than athleticism. We need help at wide out but I don’t think Webb is the answer.
    Regardless, if Ponder plays smart and our defensive line contains freeman I think the purple should be 6-2.

  20. footballfan292 says: Oct 24, 2012 1:42 AM

    Bucs offense is pretty good. It’s just the playcalling in certain situations makes you scratch your head.

    The passing defense is bad, especially the pass rush. And the team as a whole just seem to struggle to put an entire game together. Which is probably normal for an entirely new coaching staff.

    In about 2 years, if they develop a good pass rush, and get one more deep threat receiver, the Bucs will be very good.

  21. vikingssoxfrustration says: Oct 24, 2012 7:21 AM

    I cannot believe that Carlson is hurt. So durable. Can we please cut him and give is money to Percy?

  22. purpleguy says: Oct 24, 2012 10:54 AM

    The Bucs may have a top run defense, but their pass defense is like second from the worst in the NFL. The Bucs offense may be strong, but the last two games have been against bottom-rung defenses in NO and KC to pad their stats. Thursday’s game is in a loud dome, and the Bucs exterior O-linemen have been struggling — which gives the Vikes’ D a distinct advantage. Don’t be surprised at all if the Bucs don’t score more than 17 points and move to 2-5.

  23. brewdogg says: Oct 24, 2012 1:58 PM

    jthv83 says: Oct 24, 2012 12:38 AM

    Jared Allen hasn’t had any luck against Donald Penn, ever … But please, make #5 run all day. Bucs fans have been begging for him to do just that.

    The Bucs offense isn’t the ? So let me be the first to fire a cannon across you Vikings fans’ bow, don’t be surprised if the Bucs score 30+ points.

    The ? is, can Ponder (Go ‘Noles) do the same assuming the NFL’s #3 Run Defense does their job?

    – a very humble Bucs fan.
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    A humble Bucs fan would have acknowledged the fact that the run D rating was riding on the stregth of that 13-10 performance by Carolina and games against two of the worst run games in the league in Dallas and New Orleans. Alfred Morris broke 100 and Andre Brown averaged 5.5 against your run D.

    A humble Bucs fan would know that three of the Bucs 6 opponents are in the bottom 5 in the league in scoring defense, and that 4 of them are in the bottom third of the league in total defense, just like the Bucs are.

    Now, allow this humble Vikings fan to acknowledge that Jackson and Williams are going to be a tough matchup outside, and the D is good enough to make things difficult for the Vikings all day. I think this game comes down to big plays. Whichever team can get more and capitalize on them will win. I don’t expect anything more than an 8 play drive from either team tomorrow.

    At the end of the day, one of the few variables that seem to remain constant throughout a given season is luck. The Vikings have had it this year, and the Bucs haven’t. I give the cautious nod to the Vikings on that point, but I will be putting my money on a different game.

  24. pappavike says: Oct 24, 2012 3:55 PM

    I still don’t see why the Vikes wouldn’t use Webb at wide reciver? He’s a converted wide reciver that is now a Qb At least use him in three wide reciver sets, Hell! line him up in the back field opposing defences would be having night-mares is he gonna run, Or is going to throw, Maybe he’s gonna be the intended target to catch the ball!!! He would have to be accounted for thats for sure!!

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