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.

42 responses to “Adrian Peterson out on Sunday

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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).

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

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

  12. 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).
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    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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.
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    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.

  18. 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).
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    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?

  19. 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.
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    If you have proof, feel free to show it.

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

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

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

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

  21. 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. …

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

  23. 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?

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

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