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Adrian Peterson out on Sunday

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Adrian Peterson’s season is over.

The Vikings announced today that Peterson will sit out Sunday’s season finale against the Lions. He had previously been listed as doubtful with a groin injury.

The game is meaningless (both Minnesota and Detroit are eliminated from playoff contention), but the decision means Peterson will finish the season with 1,266 rushing yards — a respectable total, but a far cry from the 2,097 yards Peterson gained last year, let alone the 2,500 yards Peterson said he was shooting for.

Eagles running back LeSean McCoy will almost certainly take the NFL rushing crown from Peterson. McCoy has 1,476 yards this season, far ahead of No. 2 Jamaal Charles, who likely won’t play much on Sunday because this week’s game is meaningless to the Chiefs. Peterson will probably fall out of the Top 5 and maybe even out of the Top 10, showing just how tough it is to repeat as rushing champ in today’s NFL.

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  1. elliottcovert says: Dec 28, 2013 4:50 PM

    It’s a shame that AP won’t play in the final game in the Metrodome, but I can appreciate the decision to shut him down.

  2. bowhunter8355 says: Dec 28, 2013 4:51 PM

    Well there goes my only reason for watching the Vikings this week.

  3. fdugrad says: Dec 28, 2013 4:52 PM

    Not exactly a SHOCKER!

  4. skimbell says: Dec 28, 2013 4:52 PM

    :Adrian Peterson out on Sunday…”
    What? ‘ol somedays is out?
    How’s this going to play on the 2500 yd. rushing total?

  5. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 28, 2013 4:53 PM

    Hasn’t been able to make it to the end of the season in 2 of the last 3 years.

    Injury prone.

  6. Brandon in Northwest Suburbia says: Dec 28, 2013 5:02 PM

    He’ll be 29 next season with a lot of wear and tear. The window isn’t closed, but it’s getting close.

  7. tutamus says: Dec 28, 2013 5:04 PM

    Only trolls hate on Peterson.

    You don’t have to be happy they are on rival teams but at least appreciate the good ones while you get a chance to watch them because they are only in the league for so long.

    This coming from a die hard Packer fan.

  8. nfl4days says: Dec 28, 2013 5:05 PM

    Here come the Peterson trolls. How many of you have 10k yards rushing exactly?

  9. thesconnienation says: Dec 28, 2013 5:17 PM

    When did Adriana get so soft?

  10. Brandon in Northwest Suburbia says: Dec 28, 2013 5:21 PM

    If he’s got another 1200 yard season in him next year, that will put him past Corey Dillon on the all-time list. Lots of HOF members after that.

  11. thesconnienation says: Dec 28, 2013 5:22 PM

    nfl4days says:
    Dec 28, 2013 5:05 PM
    Here come the Peterson trolls. How many of you have 10k yards rushing exactly

    You’ve got me there, but I also don’t have 25 kids.

  12. metrocritical says: Dec 28, 2013 5:26 PM

    Two teams going nowhere, without their biggest stars and potentially on the verge of canning their respective coaching staffs: The guess here is that this matchup won’t be flexed into the prime time spot by the network.

  13. mattolikesthevikes says: Dec 28, 2013 5:29 PM

    tutamus says:Dec 28, 2013 5:04 PM

    Only trolls hate on Peterson.

    You don’t have to be happy they are on rival teams but at least appreciate the good ones while you get a chance to watch them because they are only in the league for so long.

    This coming from a die hard Packer fan

    __________________

    Finally a packer fan with class. I’m the same way.

  14. bobnelsonjr says: Dec 28, 2013 5:34 PM

    He only seems to matter to kids that play fantasy football and with that over, not many care.

    He hasn’t finished half of the seasons he has been in the NFL and there are all of the off the field incidents.

    He has no trade value with his inflated contract so the vikings will likely bring him back for one more season after he takes a pay cut.

  15. golforepar says: Dec 28, 2013 5:35 PM

    Vikings were due for a good decision, now it’s time to sit “all world” WR Jennings!

  16. GenXJay says: Dec 28, 2013 5:42 PM

    To say the very least, he doesn’t have asthma. So that’s good.
    Plus, I wouldn’t blame him. He has played through his injuries this season. More so than other “elite” players in the league. (looking @you ShAaron).

  17. natijim235 says: Dec 28, 2013 5:49 PM

    big shock…AP will not get 2,000 yrds this year….too bad can’t go for 800 yrds tomorrow to break last years record

  18. golforepar says: Dec 28, 2013 5:53 PM

    Genxjay, Name calling yet? I see you find any respect in your Christmas stocking.

  19. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 28, 2013 6:10 PM

    No doubt, the guy puts up some nice individual stats. But the Vikings have a losing record since drafting him.

    And now he hasn’t been able to answer the final bell in 2 of the last 3 seasons. Leave it to the Vikings to completely squander a talent like that. Peterson has 1 lousy playoff win in his career. What a complete waste.

  20. duluthvikesfan says: Dec 28, 2013 6:13 PM

    He’s going to finish the season having played for a team with no QB and he’s had a nagging groin injury most of the season (along with a late season ankle injury). Even with all that going on, he still put up over 1,200 yards! If all that says “past his prime”, well then give me an entire team of AP’s!

  21. stellarperformance says: Dec 28, 2013 6:33 PM

    GenXJay says:
    Dec 28, 2013 5:42 PM
    More so than other “elite” players in the league. (looking @you ShAaron).
    /////////////////////////////////////

    Who?

  22. ivanpavlov0000 says: Dec 28, 2013 6:39 PM

    No Adrian Peterson, no Calvin Johnson, coaches on the brink of being fired … fans who go to the Metrodome for this game are true die hards!

  23. taintedsaints2009 says: Dec 28, 2013 6:44 PM

    This has to be the least climatic ending to a stadium ever.

  24. cheddarbob101 says: Dec 28, 2013 7:15 PM

    What’s his record as a starter? I’m not sure but I bet it’s a losing one!! AP=garbage time stats.. Great for fantasy tho

  25. frank booth says: Dec 28, 2013 7:35 PM

    GenXJay says: Dec 28, 2013 5:42 PM

    To say the very least, he doesn’t have asthma. So that’s good.
    Plus, I wouldn’t blame him. He has played through his injuries this season. More so than other “elite” players in the league. (looking @you ShAaron).
    ==================================
    You apparently have a unique insight on injuries that most of us don’t have on PFT. Can you tell us the nature of Rodgers injury and how he sat out when he could have played? Can you tell us all about Peterson’s groin injury, and where the line is when someone can play and when they can’t play through an injury? While you’re at it, you can tell us all about Cutler’s injury as well, and make those determinations on who is soft and who is not.

    Finally, we get someone with in-depth knowledge on the mechanics of these injuries and the ability to get the inside scoop from medical personnel and inside the players head to find out what is really going on.

  26. thesconnienation says: Dec 28, 2013 7:42 PM

    Why aren’t all of the Vikings jumping on AP for being soft? They were quick to judge a guy for not playing with a broken bone, but they feel a groin injury gives a pass?

  27. rubenxx7 says: Dec 28, 2013 7:45 PM

    ofcoarse he doesnt play when he doesnt have any records to break.

  28. ravensbob says: Dec 28, 2013 7:50 PM

    Overrated

  29. whatjusthapped says: Dec 28, 2013 7:51 PM

    The old saying that Father Time catches up with everyone seems to apply with Peterson. Over the history of the NFL, not too many are productive on the other side of age 30.

    The fact that he had his best season in 2012 seems to bolster the Viking fans hope that Peterson will be the exception but injuries are fickle like that. Spielman has made many mistakes and his refusal to trade Peterson when his stock was at its highest will be just another dumb decision that Spielman has made.

    Peterson has good company. In my humble opinion, the best back of the past 30 years is Barry Sanders and he never played in a Superbowl either. The longer Peterson remains a Viking, the better his chance of following in Sanders footsteps.

  30. leatherface2012 says: Dec 28, 2013 7:56 PM

    skimbell says:
    Dec 28, 2013 4:52 PM
    :Adrian Peterson out on Sunday…”
    What? ‘ol somedays is out?
    How’s this going to play on the 2500 yd. rushing total?

    how many games did your hero rodgers miss again? over a phony injury

  31. thesconnienation says: Dec 28, 2013 8:08 PM

    leatherface2012 says:

    how many games did your hero rodgers miss again? over a phony injury

    Hahaha! A broken bone with an x-ray to show it, yep phony. You chicks are too funny.

  32. jimthebuilder27 says: Dec 28, 2013 8:40 PM

    No point in playing him. There’s nothing for the Vikings to play for, the season will be over. Let him rest and get ready for next season.

  33. morr24 says: Dec 28, 2013 9:03 PM

    I know it borders on sacrilege to suggest that Peterson should be traded, but the decline of even great RBs is usually quick and steep. Adrian Peterson will be (is) no exception. His trade value is likely to decline from here.

    In fact, I submit that Peterson can’t be looking forward to playing football games outdoors in Minnesota for the next two seasons.

    Yes, I recognize that such a trade in advance of the completion of the new stadium would likely be met with fan outcry; however, such an outcry does not make trading Peterson wrong.

  34. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 28, 2013 9:16 PM

    Man. This guy shows nothing but quit.

    >

  35. puckthefackers says: Dec 28, 2013 9:56 PM

    Packer fans should stick to doing what they do best. Things like cheering for the guy that beat AP’s kid to death and hiding under their rocks like they did for the past eight weeks.

    What a useless group of fans.

  36. poiuyt7 says: Dec 28, 2013 9:58 PM

    whatjusthapped says:
    Dec 28, 2013 7:51 PM
    The old saying that Father Time catches up with everyone seems to apply with Peterson. Over the history of the NFL, not too many are productive on the other side of age 30.
    ____________________________

    If he finds some of the same HGH that he used to get over his last injury, he should still be productive. After all, it worked for Barry Bonds late in his career.

  37. shaggytoodle says: Dec 28, 2013 10:08 PM

    GenXJay says:
    Dec 28, 2013 5:42 PM

    To say the very least, he doesn’t have asthma. So that’s good.
    Plus, I wouldn’t blame him. He has played through his injuries this season. More so than other “elite” players in the league. (looking @you ShAaron).
    ________

    Remember when AP broke his collarbone in college diving into the end zone on Oct. 14th?

    They said after the game it would take 4-6 weeks, and he didn’t play until the Bowl game vs. Boise State like 10 weeks later?

  38. puckthefackers says: Dec 28, 2013 10:12 PM

    poiuyt7 says:
    Dec 28, 2013 9:58 PM

    If he finds some of the same HGH that he used to get over his last injury, he should still be productive. After all, it worked for Barry Bonds late in his career.
    ————
    If you have proof, feel free to show it.

    Of course, you don’t. You’re just another blowhard.

  39. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 28, 2013 10:23 PM

    puckthefackers says:
    Dec 28, 2013 9:56 PM

    Things like cheering for the guy that beat AP’s kid to death………….

    ******************************************

    The guy was one of you – a degenerate Viking fan.

  40. toeknee2toes says: Dec 29, 2013 1:29 AM

    Too bad I love watching AP went to the game last week Bengal fan here. I am sure he will be good to go next year strong as always. AP has always been a class act and tough player dont know how people say he has no trade value or he has offseason issues. …

  41. msmith954 says: Dec 29, 2013 11:24 AM

    Intelligent decision… how moronic would it be to again have Peterson seriously injured in another meaningless game?

  42. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 29, 2013 10:55 PM

    msmith954 says:
    Dec 29, 2013 11:24 AM
    Intelligent decision… how moronic would it be to again have Peterson seriously injured in another meaningless game?

    —–

    Trick question. All the Vikings games, for their entire existence, have been meaningless.

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