Frazier says Peterson will play next Sunday

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Last year, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson skipped the preseason while continuing his rehab from a Christmas Eve torn ACL.

This year, Peterson will play in at least one preseason game.

Coach Leslie Frazier told reporters on Sunday that the 2012 NFL MVP will play next Sunday, when the Vikings go to San Francisco for a game against the 49ers.  The game will be televised on NBC.

“We’re going to get him in the ball game Sunday night and we want to be a balanced offense, but as anyone that follows us knows, our offense is going to be ran through number 28, through Adrian,” Frazier said.  “Yeah, we want to be balanced for sure and we are doing everything we can to help our passing game to improve.  But part of what will help our passing game be improved is having Adrian at full strength and having another super year like he’s had.  We want to be balanced, but we’ll see how things go.”

Starters typically continue into the second half of the third preseason game.  For Peterson, the word “typically” has never really applied; still, Frazier said Peterson won’t play beyond halftime.

He finished last season with 2,097 rushing yards on 348 carries, for an average of 6.0 yards.  This year, he openly has talked about rushing for 2,500 yards.

Given that Peterson rushed for 1,322 yards in the team’s final eight games of the 2012 season, it’s not as crazy as it sounds.

39 responses to “Frazier says Peterson will play next Sunday

  1. It’s gotta be like that Russian Roulette scene in ‘The Deer Hunter’ if your a Vikings fan. He is the Vikings.

  2. I wouldnt expect more than 7 or 8 carries. Wouldnt be surprised if he only got a few on one series. He is something special, and I dont care what team you root for, you have to respect him

  3. best pure runningback in the league to bad he can’t catch or block to save his life he can catch it if you loft the ball to him but throw him an actual pass watch him stone hand it and I chalk his lack of blocking up to being a business decision

  4. detroitcityy says:
    Aug 18, 2013 7:49 PM
    Defenses are going to key in on AP since they have no pass he won’t rush for 1700 this year
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    That what’s their plan last year. How’d that work out?

  5. Talking about rushing for 2,500 yards is one thing; that’s a somewhat realistic goal. Talking about winning a Super Bowl title is something else entirely. To his credit, Adrian Peterson never mentioned the Vikings winning a Super Bowl title, which would be akin to announcing his goal this year is to pilot a rocket ship to Pluto.

  6. @gromgrimfist To be the best back clown you need to run, catch and block end of story. If you can do 1 out of 3 that’s not good.

  7. This is just dumb. Peterson proved last year that skipping the pre season had no effect on his play in the regular season.

    God forbid if anything happens to him in this preseason game. They will hang Frazier from the I-35 bridge (assuming it can handle the extra weight) if that happens.

    Imagine if he goes down for the season, that means they will have to depend on Ponder to actually win games. That idea is even dumber than playing Peterson in the preseason.

  8. Wow, I love the intelligent and informed comments here. Keep showing how classy you are guys. As for AP, this isnt about him, its about how the entire offense works with and without him. If he gets hurt playing a couple series, well that sucks but its extremely unlikely.

  9. I love all these Adrian Peterson HGH jokes. The fact of the matter is that the guy is clean and one of the hardest workers in the NFL. The fact that you make these HGH jokes is a testament to how truly special a person he is. Keep being jealous, AD is a once in a generation type player

  10. It just doesn’t seem necessary. Look what he did last year without a preseason. Last truly great RB, LaDainian Tomlinson, never played in the preseason.

    Additionally, he better bring it going against the Justin Smith, LLC –always served Aldonte

  11. mnmark
    Aug 18, 2013 9:20 PM

    Mclead Bethel Thompson put up much better numbers two seasons In a row during preseason than Ponder! He is my pick!

    +++++++++++++++++++

    This guy is fun to watch. He has a rifle for an arm and is quite accurate. I’d love to see him play a full half with the first stringers.

  12. Packers fan here. Adrian Peterson is going to go down in history as one of the best RB in history (I won’t say best… I reserve that for Barry IMHO but it’s easily debatable). For Packer’s fans to make fun of him is as stupid as Vikings fans trying to make fun of Rodgers.

    The whole trolling thing is cute… but can’t we just agree we really have some phenomenal players in our division right now?

  13. 2500 yards is definitely a possibility when he gets to play the Packers twice a year. Randy Moss used to get about one third of his production out of playing Green Bay

  14. jakec4 says:
    Aug 18, 2013 7:19 PM
    It’s gotta be like that Russian Roulette scene in ‘The Deer Hunter’ if your a Vikings fan. He is the Vikings.
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    You could say the same thing about Rodgers in GB, the Chiefs with Charles, NO with Brees, IND with Luck etc

  15. Like any team who has played their star player in the preseason (usually a QB) he risks injury, but you just hope it does not happen.

    The Offense will look better because of AP and Ponder will look better, but in reality while AP may be able to take the VIKES to the playoffs only an improved Ponder that makes plays 50-70% of the time when under pressure ( buys time, finds the open receiver and delivers a catchable ball) will make it happen. So far he is like 20% under pressure.

    Vikings fan, but not a Ponder believer, I just do no see it.

    Ponder had the same % of good games as WEBB and yet he is given the starting role on a silver platter and never has to worry about losing it.

    If Ponder is headed to another sub 100 passing game in the regular season he needs to be benched and perhaps that will make him focus on improving.

  16. gromgrimfist says:
    best pure runningback in the league to bad he can’t catch or block to save his life he can catch it if you loft the ball to him but throw him an actual pass watch him stone hand it and I chalk his lack of blocking up to being a business decision
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    AP can catch. The coaches just don’t want to leave him vulnerable to a big hit from the defense while he has no forward momentum. That being said, I would like to see him get some screen passes thrown his direction because he is devastating to defenses in open field and it would add a threat to the passing game, but that’s an area the rookie Patterson will excel at.

  17. detroitcityy says:
    Defenses are going to key in on AP since they have no pass he won’t rush for 1700 this year
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    That comment is just silly. That is what opposing teams did last year after Percy went down, stacking the box with 8 or 9 defenders because we had no threat at WR, and that is when AP did the most damage to defenses rushing for over 1300 yards the last half of the season. Its apparent you didn’t watch the Vikes play last season. Since then we added Jennings and drafted a future stud receiver in Patterson. If Ponder can be even just satisfactory, there’s no reason AP can’t have another 2000 yard season with the capable receiving core we now have.

  18. There’s 4 things we know for sure, Kaep and the 1’s will play 1 series and then the ugly #2’s will take over (and look bad doing it). Jenkins will continue to suck and Harbaugh will say “he looked good” after the game…..book it.

  19. If they play him, I hope it’s not much. As long as the 49ers don’t ho after him with beer bottles, he should be fine.

  20. Keep AD on the sidelines, what’s the point of playing him, he’ll be ready to roll week 1, guaranteed…the only reason I could see the Vikes making the decision to play him is to see if Ponder is any better when Adrian’s in the backfield. If he’s not, start Cassel week 1.

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