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Adrian Peterson listed as questionable, expected to play

File photo of Minnesota Vikings Adrian Peterson after a season-ending loss to the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay Reuters

Officially, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Bengals. But all indications are that he’s good to go.

Peterson himself told reporters today that he expects to play on Sunday, and coach Leslie Frazier said he thinks Peterson is good to go as well. For all the fears about a serious injury when Peterson was carted off the field two weeks ago against the Ravens, he’s going to end up missing just one game.

That’s good news for the Vikings, who have been playing their best football recently despite being long since eliminated from playoff contention. In the last three weeks the Vikings have beaten two teams that are currently leading their divisions (the Bears and Eagles) and nearly beaten the defending champion Ravens, who are themselves fighting for their playoff lives. Now the Vikings will have their best player back as they try to play spoiler to the Bengals this week and the Lions next week.

Peterson, meanwhile, will attempt to catch Eagles running back LeSean McCoy for the NFL rushing lead. McCoy currently leads Peterson by 122 yards. If Peterson can catch McCoy, he’ll become the first player since LaDainian Tomlinson in 2006 and 2007 to lead the league in rushing two years in a row.

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  1. richiebburg says: Dec 20, 2013 2:46 PM

    Aaron Rodgers wishes he had APs healing powers

  2. blowpackblow says: Dec 20, 2013 2:46 PM

    He needs to average about 600 yards per game to get to 2500.

  3. thepftpoet says: Dec 20, 2013 2:47 PM

    Unlike Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Peterson has the physical and mental toughness to play after an injury and come back stronger than before.

    How many more weeks will it take Aaron to take those pretty pink princess band-aids off and play for his team when they need him?

  4. conormacleod says: Dec 20, 2013 2:48 PM

    He’s missed a game. Missed most of another game. Has had a groin injury for about 6 weeks. Is basically having an “off” season. And he is #2 in rushing. The Vikings absolutely have QB and defense issues, but nobody can question the effort or greatness of AP.

  5. conormacleod says: Dec 20, 2013 2:49 PM

    I guess he’s darn lucky he didn’t injure his collar bone.

  6. tutamus says: Dec 20, 2013 2:50 PM

    Oh phew! That really should help their playoff hopes!

  7. conormacleod says: Dec 20, 2013 2:51 PM

    If he had merely stated he wanted to play, instead of actually playing, then the Packer fans here would label him as a “Warrior”. I guess AP is not a “Warrior”. He’s simply the greatest running back in the game today. While Rodgers is the greatest QB in street clothes.

  8. alshonbrandontandem says: Dec 20, 2013 2:51 PM

    “Questionable, get out there & play you Sally”

    signed,
    SHaron Rodgers

  9. tarkentin says: Dec 20, 2013 2:53 PM

    Vikings > Packers

    #18Titles

  10. twonis says: Dec 20, 2013 2:56 PM

    Favre would have played last week.

  11. duece5 says: Dec 20, 2013 2:57 PM

    To even utter All Day’s name with Erin, err, #12, is ridiculous.

    All Day is a man and will play.

    Erin is, well, …..”she’s getting better”…..

    Vikes have nothing to play for except each other…..packers have a very outside shot at division and playoffs…….AND WHO SITS????

  12. mtreilly99 says: Dec 20, 2013 3:02 PM

    I hope the Vikings don’t make any changes to their team in the offseason. They just seem to be really, really good.

  13. conormacleod says: Dec 20, 2013 3:03 PM

    Time to play spoiler. When the Lions make the playoffs, the Vikings will have hurt or ended the seasons of the Bears, Packers, Eagles, and Bengals. Good times heading into the off season.

    Editors note: If the Bears win the division, then replace them with the Lions, as the Vikings play them next week.

  14. allday420ap says: Dec 20, 2013 3:03 PM

    All Day, everyday, the vikings prove to be the superior, classier organization than those hillbillys to the east.

  15. jaltreality says: Dec 20, 2013 3:14 PM

    Wow, Saints fan here. It’s possible to a fan of your team without divorcing yourself from reality. Does anyone really think Aaron Rodgers is “soft” because he hasn’t been medically cleared to play?

    Really, unless you’re a doctor familiar with the injury and the risks, or a football player, you really don’t know what you’re talking about. The guy is one of the best in the league, and has sat behind weak offensive lines for most seasons I’ve been lucky enough to watch him. He was sacked 51 times in 2012 (55 if you count playoffs), most in the NFL that year. 50 times in the 2009 Super Bowl season.

    He gets hit a lot. I like trash talking to, but it’s just noise when it isn’t based in reality, and it’s just missing the greater joy of football when you don’t see how great these players really are sometimes.

  16. f1restarter says: Dec 20, 2013 3:14 PM

    It doesn’t matter if Peterson plays or not.

    The Vikings, like Peterson, are soft and flabby. Even with all their starters healthy, they are basement-dwelling losers. One can only imagine what horrors the next two seasons have in store for Viking fans. Playing 8 home games in the cold outdoors, they’ll fold like an Origami swan by halftime.

    The Vikings have 3 victories in 2013. Enjoy them while you can, because they’ll be lucky to have that many wins combined in 2014 and 2015.

  17. jaltreality says: Dec 20, 2013 3:15 PM

    Incidentally, AP is an animal. I thought he was out for the season. And yet here he is. Just pure, raw animal.

  18. duece5 says: Dec 20, 2013 3:19 PM

    The guy blew out his ACL, MCL, and meniscus…..AND DIDN’T MISS A GAME!!!!

    Erin has a shoulder boo, nad will miss 3/4 of the year…..on his NON-THROWING shoulder.

    Don’t compare this man to her.

  19. deltaoracle says: Dec 20, 2013 3:26 PM

    Big relief for all Mini fans, because the Vikes’ record is so much better when he… oh, never mind.
    It took tough guy Harrison Smith eight weeks to come back after stubbing his toe and East Dakota fans say that Rodgers is soft. Oooookay.
    Vikings made the playoffs last year, had Ponder ready to have a breakout season, added three first round picks, and… FAIL.
    Don’t worry though, they’ll be World Champs next preseason, like always.

  20. summitmech says: Dec 20, 2013 3:43 PM

    The packers “went to the Superbowl” in the 2010 season.

    The next two seasons, the Vikings will be playing outside at home, you are correct. However, they will be trained for it. But will their opponents? Who do you think will be more ready for literally 0 degree weather, the home team or the away team?

    The Vikings have 4 victories and 1 tie. It’s not great, but you could at least try getting your numbers right – unless 3 is as high as you can count, of course.

  21. fwippel says: Dec 20, 2013 3:44 PM

    As a Viking fan, I don’t know what to think about this.

    I watched my team spend the first half of the season bumbling its way firmly out of the playoff race. Now, they seem to be enjoying hurting other team’s chances at making the playoffs.

    Frustrating, but I’ll still be rooting for them to take down the Bengals and Lions the next two weeks.

  22. coachbeck says: Dec 20, 2013 3:47 PM

    Glad he Is back they will rely on him now. Strength of Bengals is run defense.

  23. weepingjebus says: Dec 20, 2013 3:58 PM

    Why would the Minnesota Tankings even want him back?

  24. whatjusthapped says: Dec 20, 2013 3:58 PM

    I just hope Peterson doesn’t get hurt in the final two games, that would really bring down his trade value.

    The Vikings have a laundry list of needs for the off-season beginning at QB and then they need 3 out of the 4 in the secondary to be replaced, some new line backers, a DE to replace Allen, some offensive line men that aren’t offensive to watch and….. you get the point.

    If the Vikings finish in last place in 2014, that will make it 3 out of 4 years. They seem to have the consistency part down.

  25. backdapack4evr says: Dec 20, 2013 3:58 PM

    Ap is the only good player the Vikes have

  26. usdcoyotesfan says: Dec 20, 2013 4:00 PM

    Peterson’s skills as a father are also questionable.

  27. mnlogic says: Dec 20, 2013 4:02 PM

    Doesn’t matter anymore, from MVP to 4th best running back in his own division: Forte, Lacy, Bell then Peterson. When you go look up all purpose yards and TD’s don’t forget to review the turnovers..

  28. usdcoyotesfan says: Dec 20, 2013 4:03 PM

    As for Rodgers, don’t you people get it? He’s sitting out this week because THE DOCTORS WON’T LET HIM PLAY!!!!!!

  29. eatitfanboy says: Dec 20, 2013 4:34 PM

    This comment has nothing to do with AP, I was just looking for a Vikings related post so that I could share an amazing statistic I just read:

    If NFL games only lasted 58 minutes and 43 seconds, the Vikings would be 9-5.

    Too bad about that last 1:17, huh Vikings fans?

  30. alshonbrandontandem says: Dec 20, 2013 4:36 PM

    Take note Erin Rodgers, this is a REAL football player. Now go back to toting the clipboard & riding the pine.

  31. f1restarter says: Dec 20, 2013 4:39 PM

    summitmech says:
Dec 20, 2013 3:43 PM
    The Vikings have 4 victories and 1 tie. It’s not great, but you could at least try getting your numbers right – unless 3 is as high as you can count, of course.
    ——————————
    Yes, my mistake, the Vikings managed to squeak out 4 wins. Please do accept my apologies; I wouldn’t want to short change the Vikings on a victory. They’ve been tough enough to come by as it is.

  32. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 20, 2013 4:54 PM

    The Vikings – meaningless football for meaningless people.

  33. vikingsfan4life says: Dec 20, 2013 4:57 PM

    When Erin can’t play, it’s because the ‘doctors won’t let him.’

    Funny, unless he’s laying in a hospital bed with a bum knee, you see him on the field.

    And AP gets hit on every play.

    Just goes to show, Erin ain’t no Brett Favre. #Fragile

  34. 2ruefan says: Dec 20, 2013 4:59 PM

    Lifelong Vikes fan here..
    Again, for the record… regardless of the fact that my blood runs purple, I can respect talent on rival teams.
    AR is without a doubt one of the best QBs who is currently playing and when all said and done, maybe one of the best ever.
    I can only dream of what the Vikings might have been with him at QB (along with AP)
    Might have been a NFC dynasty.
    Guy is great, and I hope he gets back to health soon.

  35. koreystringerswidow says: Dec 20, 2013 5:09 PM

    vikingsfan4life says:
    Dec 20, 2013 4:57 PM

    Just goes to show, Erin ain’t no Brett Favre. #Fragile

    ___________________________________

    Both of them are tougher than my Korey.

  36. usdcoyotesfan says: Dec 20, 2013 5:20 PM

    vikingsfan4life says: Dec 20, 2013 4:57 PM

    When Erin can’t play, it’s because the ‘doctors won’t let him.’

    Funny, unless he’s laying in a hospital bed with a bum knee, you see him on the field.

    And AP gets hit on every play.

    Just goes to show, Erin ain’t no Brett Favre. #Fragile
    ———————————————————-
    Nice try, but the NFL wasn’t as strict about playing injured in Favre’s day. If he played today, he would miss some time because of head injuries. But keep thinking Rodgers is soft. Get a clue.

  37. purpleguy says: Dec 20, 2013 5:27 PM

    The Vikings will win as many playoff games as the Packers this season. The Pack is more relevant than the Vikings this year in the same proportion a booger is slightly more relevant than ear wax.

  38. toes110 says: Dec 20, 2013 5:46 PM

    FYI, the sad and pathetic “state” of Wisconsin has now dropped from 32nd to 37th in projected future job growth… I suppose thats why so many of its inhabitants work in the Great State of Minnesota. Its a shame that a “state” in this great country is almost solely dependent on its superior brother to the west…. hopefully someday “Wisconsin” will seek professional help and pull out of this depression they have been stuck in for the past 30 years…… sad….

  39. shaggytoodle says: Dec 20, 2013 5:50 PM

    duece5 says:
    Dec 20, 2013 3:19 PM

    The guy blew out his ACL, MCL, and meniscus…..AND DIDN’T MISS A GAME!!!!

    Erin has a shoulder boo, nad will miss 3/4 of the year…..on his NON-THROWING shoulder.

    Don’t compare this man to her.
    ______

    Don’t compare AP to a SUPERBOWL champion.
    Tell me all the GREAT RBs to lead their team a superbowl win. Thurman Thomas, Barry Sanders,?

    There are good RBs that have won championships, but with the aid of GREAT mostly HOF caliber QBs.

    Haters gonna hate… Potatoes gonna Po-Tate.

    Have fun watching another meaningless game while your star player risks further injury to shorten his career even more…

  40. gb4mn0 says: Dec 20, 2013 6:23 PM

    Adriana Peterhead is a narcissistic, self-aware, irresponsible father who has been allowed to prop himself up as a heroic figure by playing on the emotions of the feeble minded lavender Larry toads.

    He’s not HOF worthy……nuff said!

  41. mypercyhurts2 says: Dec 20, 2013 7:36 PM

    I don’t see how AP is all that tough if he gets carted off after spraining a foot. At least Rodgers was throwing the football trying to get back in the game after breaking a collar bone. Pretty easy to see who can handle pain better.

  42. purpleppleeaters says: Dec 20, 2013 8:12 PM

    There is no finer athlete in the NFL, than A.P.
    Welcome back, A.P..

    As for all your Vikings haters…………..haters gonna hate. Please find a life.

  43. mypercyhurts2 says: Dec 20, 2013 9:23 PM

    gb4mno and purpleppleeaters are both correct in their initial statements. He’s fine athlete, but he’s got some documented issues off the field.

  44. staffordsyear says: Dec 20, 2013 9:49 PM

    Trade him.

  45. cheddarbob101 says: Dec 20, 2013 10:04 PM

    What’s his record as a starter?? Lol
    AP is a beast!! In garbage time

  46. normnet14 says: Dec 20, 2013 10:42 PM

    Ironically the reason AD dropped to the Vikes is because of a cracked collarbone.

  47. duece5 says: Dec 20, 2013 11:46 PM

    usdcoyotesfan says: Dec 20, 2013 4:03 PM

    As for Rodgers, don’t you people get it? He’s sitting out this week because THE DOCTORS WON’T LET HIM PLAY!!!!!!

    duece5 says:

    Erin:

    #SOFT
    #GLASS
    #MARSHMALLOW
    #PORN STACHE

  48. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 21, 2013 12:25 AM

    adrian peterson has played more games in 2013 than total days he’s spent with his illegitimate children.

  49. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 21, 2013 11:35 AM

    Since the Vikings have drafted Adrian Peterson, they have a losing record.

    Though to be fair, he has put up some very nice individual stats.

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