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Groin injury limited Adrian Peterson on Sunday

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Like most teams facing the Vikings this season, the Seahawks focused most of their defensive attention on stopping running back Adrian Peterson.

That task has been made easier for Minnesota’s opponents as none of their three quarterbacks have been able to make teams pay for trying to stop Peterson and it was even easier for the Seahawks because Peterson wasn’t 100 percent on Sunday. Peterson, who ran for 65 yards on 21 carries, said after the game that the groin injury that kept him out of practice last week also kept him from playing at full speed.

“Actually, it was bothering me a lot,” Peterson said, via the Pioneer Press. “There were a couple plays in the first half, oh man, I knew if I was able to explode the way I normally do I could have gotten some big chunks, even taken it to the house.”

Peterson said that he didn’t think he was better off missing games until his injury has fully healed, suggesting instead that he’d again miss some practice time to rest and be back out there in Week 12. While he’s resting, the Vikings will be figuring out which quarterback they’ll be starting in hopes of putting forth a bit more of a fight the next time out of the gate.

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  1. glennsyank13 says: Nov 18, 2013 9:55 AM

    That is the definition of an excuse.

  2. firerogergoodell says: Nov 18, 2013 10:07 AM

    Excuse? There isn’t a single mention in there of AP or Vikings coaches / fans thinking or saying that we would have won the game either way. However, it was pretty obvious that he was affected… He had a couple of 10 yard runs that had the beginning look of one of his signature 60/70 yarders. He just needs to rest his legs until they fire Rick Spielman and finally get him a franchise QB.

  3. dbara43 says: Nov 18, 2013 10:11 AM

    Yes and if my grandma had wheels she’d be a wagon. Bottom line you didn’t get it done, Money Lynch did and your team got blown out. End of story

  4. osiris33 says: Nov 18, 2013 10:14 AM

    Maybe he was injured, or maybe he’s just done. There’s a lot of miles on that chassis and he hasn’t exactly set the world on fire this whole season, even before he was hurt. You could tell he had no explosion, that’s for sure.

    I sure didn’t see the holes he was talking about though.

  5. bradygirl12 says: Nov 18, 2013 10:16 AM

    Why is it that whenever he has a sub-par game,he always mentions that there was some injury hampering him,after the fact? It certainly sounds like he’s making excuses,whether he is or not.

  6. aldante66 says: Nov 18, 2013 10:36 AM

    My take: He has lost a step for sure. His quickness is down. He is now looking for a hole where he used to make the hole.

    Teams have learned how to play him and , they do not have to respect the pass, there is none so stopping the run is easier, even with him.

    I’m tired of excuses from him. Oh I had this injury or that injury, I was not 100% today but I did the manly thing and played my heart out.

    One he loses that other step we will all be saying Adrian who? He is so caught up on records. Guess what bro, you ain’t beating any records this year.

  7. thesconnienation says: Nov 18, 2013 10:39 AM

    But I thought he was going for 2,500 yards this year. . . .

  8. kylexitron says: Nov 18, 2013 10:39 AM

    Looked to me like he was limited by the Seahawks defense more than a sore groin. There wasn’t much room for him to run no matter how much it was bothering him.

    Even superstar players like Peterson are going to have games like that now and again, it doesn’t take away from his great career. What does take away from it is being saddled by bad QB play and barely glimpsing the post-season.

  9. purpleguy says: Nov 18, 2013 10:46 AM

    Gee, the fact that Seattle had a minimum of 8 guys in the box at all times because there was no fear of our sucky QBs had absolutely nothing to do with his average performance. That and he was responding to a direct question about his groin injury. Clearly, the guy has more class in his daily dump than the posters above.

  10. skimbell says: Nov 18, 2013 11:02 AM

    “thesconnienation says: Nov 18, 2013 10:39 AM

    But I thought he was going for 2,500 yards this year. . . “

    Not so fast! Go ahead and laugh if you want. There are still six games to go.
    All AP has to do is average 275 yds. a game and he nails that 2500.

  11. purplengold says: Nov 18, 2013 11:03 AM

    Get him healthy for next season, rest him now and give the lesser RB’s some reps. There is nothing to gain and everything to lose by beating him against 8 or 9 in the box in order to win now.

  12. johngaltwho says: Nov 18, 2013 11:07 AM

    Well Vikings fans get ready to see more loaded boxes next week. Should be an interesting game. Not to be insulting, but it should look like evenly matched teams with potential to run the ball and leaky defenses daring the other team to win with an aerial attack. For the first time, I think I have some empathy for Vikings fans.

  13. nickynick04 says: Nov 18, 2013 11:09 AM

    Packer fan here.
    As of today I have no reason NOT to believe him.
    Maybe he should get credit for even playing while hurt.

    Going up against 8 in the box is almost impossible to run against. You might like lucky and pop one , but when there is no threat of a pass you re generally screwed

  14. nickynick04 says: Nov 18, 2013 11:11 AM

    Packer / Viking game is going to suck to watch.
    Both will load 8 in the box and see who s crappy QB can make a play

  15. thebirdofprey2 says: Nov 18, 2013 11:14 AM

    Adrian Peterson is a great HB, I love watching him play. The Seahawk defense had zero respect for the passing game and loaded the box even more than we normally do.

    Red Bryant, Mebane & McDaniel also controlled the line of scrimmage.

    I am not sure if my fellow Hawk fans feel the same way. I wouldn’t trade Marshawn Lynch for any other HB in football. His physical style and consistency is 2nd to none in NFL.

  16. thesconnienation says: Nov 18, 2013 11:14 AM

    skimbell says:
    Nov 18, 2013 11:02 AM
    “thesconnienation says: Nov 18, 2013 10:39 AM

    But I thought he was going for 2,500 yards this year. . . “

    Not so fast! Go ahead and laugh if you want. There are still six games to go.
    All AP has to do is average 275 yds. a game and he nails that 2500.

    ______________________________

    And here I thought he had a challenge ahead. The guy is great, the best in the league. But it’s time for Viking fans to realize that they need more than just AP to win. They can just ask Lions fans about Sanders.

  17. thesconnienation says: Nov 18, 2013 11:17 AM

    firerogergoodell says:
    Nov 18, 2013 10:07 AM

    He just needs to rest his legs until they fire Rick Spielman and finally get him a franchise QB.

    ___________________________________

    I don’t think AP has enough time for that. The last franchise QB the Vikes had was Tarkenton. The Vikes can either trade AP (which won’t happen) or the fans need to get used to being a Barry Sanders-esque Lions team.

  18. fwippel says: Nov 18, 2013 11:18 AM

    Peterson was also limited by an offensive line that has been a shell of what it was last year, and quarterbacking that, to be kind, has woefully inconsistent and turnover prone.

    This is the third year in the last four where the Vikings have been out of the playoff race and headed for a double-digit loss season. This franchise is over sixty years old now, and have never had a four year span during that time where they had three double-digit loss seasons.

    I hope the Wilfs clean house in January, and the team brings in a GM with a proven track record. I’m getting tired of looking towards the draft in late October.

  19. sweetsweetpubes says: Nov 18, 2013 11:25 AM

    If I injured my groin, I wouldn’t move for about a week.

  20. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Nov 18, 2013 11:30 AM

    If his groin is preventing him from being any good, I’d rather they sit him and start Toby. The Packers won’t play 8 in the box against Toby but they will against Adrian. Maybe they can get their running game going if the other team isn’t selling out to stop the run. They aren’t going to be able to pass either way.

  21. trollhammer20 says: Nov 18, 2013 11:44 AM

    Viking defense held Lynch in check for most of the game as well. He was barely over 3 ypc and only had 54 yards rushing.

    Difference in the game was that Russell Wilson was far more effective in finding receivers downfield, getting 230 passing yards on only 13 completions in what was a brutally efficient performance.

    Ponder made a few plays and kept the Vikings in it in the first half, and could have made a game of it again with just one drive in the third quarter. But the Seahawk defense stiffened, the pressure went up, and eventually, it got to him.

  22. myeaglescantwin says: Nov 18, 2013 11:46 AM

    cute me a break..

    how can anyone say that AP is making excuses..
    this dude makes plays, and when he can’t he tells you why. That’s fact, no excuses.

  23. snaponrules says: Nov 18, 2013 12:04 PM

    He just doesn’t want to get hurt playing. for the vikings, he just wants out of there.

    Who could really blame him.

  24. thesconnienation says: Nov 18, 2013 12:15 PM

    myeaglescantwin says:
    Nov 18, 2013 11:46 AM
    cute me a break..

    how can anyone say that AP is making excuses..
    this dude makes plays, and when he can’t he tells you why. That’s fact, no excuses.

    ______________________________

    “and when he can’t he tells you why” Isn’t that the definition of an excuse? It’s not like he credited the Seahawks’ defense.

    Excuse – attempt to lessen the blame attaching to (a fault or offense); seek to defend or justify.”

  25. khmer379 says: Nov 18, 2013 12:44 PM

    Kuz you beat a team with a QB that panics n throw like a girl coaching staff that look Disinterested doesn’t mean much Ap prolly did have groin injury that why he didn’t break any n for marshawn lynch he will never put a team on his back n take him to the playoff go head n be Bigheaded Hawks fan kuz one thing is for sure by season end they will be Ringless jus like the Vikings… #Truth

  26. chawk12thman says: Nov 18, 2013 1:30 PM

    Hope he gets better. Fun to watch and a great player. Even if he had run as well as he did last meeting, that doesn’t mean that the ultimate outcome would have been different. However, it would have been more entertaining if he had been at full speed.

    I give him credit for trying to make a game of it. Hats off to him.

  27. ruvelligwebuike says: Nov 18, 2013 1:31 PM

    Next week will be awesome. 3 quarterbacks who can’t hit an open receiver versus a secondary that leaves every receiver open by 10 yards.

  28. dcviking says: Nov 18, 2013 1:39 PM

    ruvelligwebuike says: Nov 18, 2013 1:31 PM

    Next week will be awesome. 3 quarterbacks who can’t hit an open receiver versus a secondary that leaves every receiver open by 10 yards.

    ——————————————–

    Sad part is that based on AP’s injury and Vikings o-line & d-line issues, the Packers could actually have the advantage in the running game as well.

  29. seattlelibtard says: Nov 18, 2013 1:49 PM

    I think it’s more seattle game plan than groin. Game plan = stop the run and rely on less than stellar QB to throw some interceptions.

  30. fargovikesfan says: Nov 18, 2013 1:50 PM

    thesconnienation says: Nov 18, 2013 11:14 AM

    And here I thought he had a challenge ahead. The guy is great, the best in the league. But it’s time for Viking fans to realize that they need more than just AP to win. They can just ask Lions fans about Sanders.

    ———————————————————
    Um, Viking fans realized that a long time ago… the coaching staff however, they’ll have to go back and watch the tape to see where they need to get better.

  31. tootitan says: Nov 18, 2013 1:57 PM

    What no one mentions is that probably close to 80% of NFL players play hurt in any given game – it’s part of the job description. You never hear a word from most of them; even the high profile players play down their injuries. Just look at Peyton Manning or Marshawn Lynch recently.

    AP is one of the few who consistently talks about his injuries whenever he discusses his performance. When the performance is good he makes sure we know it’s in spite of an injury or because he’s a superhuman healer or whatever. When it’s bad, it’s because he’s struggling with an injury – inferring that his injuries affect him more than they do a “normal” player. Amazing athlete, but a needy, attention seeking guy. ‘Nuff said.

  32. Jikky Jax says: Nov 18, 2013 2:04 PM

    ruvelligwebuike says:
    Nov 18, 2013 1:31 PM
    Next week will be awesome. 3 quarterbacks who can’t hit an open receiver versus a secondary that leaves every receiver open by 10 yards.

    ——-

    Sadly, I can’t tell which team is which in this!

  33. ruvelligwebuike says: Nov 18, 2013 2:12 PM

    “Sad part is that based on AP’s injury and Vikings o-line & d-line issues, the Packers could actually have the advantage in the running game as well.”
    ———————–

    Fortunately/unfortunately you must have been watching the Vikes. The Packers got completely manhandled at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. My days of cautious optimism are over. What I saw yesterday was the worst football I have seen in the MM era, and it is forcing me to admit that this is not that good of a team, and that Rodgers masks all of it.

  34. pillowporkers says: Nov 18, 2013 2:58 PM

    @birdofprey:

    You’re right,who could be better than a bruising marshawn lynch? How bout a guy who is just as bruising as marshawn, yet can also take it 80 yards any given play (Adrian Peterson). You seadderal fans are delusional. You guys have a great team and the favorite in the NFC, but when you rationalize marshawn being better than Adrian because he scored two TDs to adrians 0, that’s crazy. Adrian had more yards and higher ypc against a good team on the road than marshawn did against some crap defense at home. Pretty sure Adrian wouldve pounded those two TDs in against our defense too from the 1 if he go the chance. Outside of that marshawn didn’t do crap even with a qb that has to be respected.

  35. athwartships says: Nov 18, 2013 3:23 PM

    Are we calling the Seahawks rush defense The Groin Injury™ now?

  36. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 18, 2013 4:18 PM

    Every one of the Seahawks is a better father than Adrian Peterson.

  37. tokyosandblaster says: Nov 18, 2013 4:49 PM

    I said this last year, too. He ALWAYS says he’s injured. That way, if he has a good game, he played through it and is amazing, and if he has a bad game, it’s “well, I would have run for 3,000 yards tonight if I was healthy. Pretty obvious.”

    It looks like Peterson has hit the 30 year old running back wall a little earlier than most.

  38. stellarperformance says: Nov 18, 2013 6:07 PM

    Another groin injury? What, did he stumble on a singles bar full of one night stands……..again?

  39. seaeagle707 says: Nov 18, 2013 11:21 PM

    The Viking with the toughest job? Leslie Frazier. To have to stand up at press conferences, be personable and have to lie like a used car salesman about what he thinks his teams’ chances will be against Seattle. THAT has got be as rough a job as there is. But for a legendary player like AP, to have to feel like he has to make whiny excuses for his performance after the fact, only shows his embarrassment at playing on such a poor excuse for a team.

  40. malvaren18 says: Nov 18, 2013 11:46 PM

    What happen with this guy all that talk last year about beating the all-time yardage gain inone season

  41. whatjusthapped says: Nov 19, 2013 8:59 AM

    No matter his stats this year, he remains the best RB in the NFL.

    My PR advice for him is to zip it, stop talking about how 100 yard game is easy or 2500 yards per season is your goal. Nobody needs to hear that because it only sets you up to be the goat.

    But he were really smart, he ask for a trade. The Vikings are going to finish in the top 3 this year (for drafting) and next year is yet another rebuilding year and he doesn’t have much time left.

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