Vikings plan to continue holding Peterson out of the preseason

AP

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson rarely played in the preseason under former coach Leslie Frazier, and new coach Mike Zimmer plans to continue to hold his best player out of exhibition games.

Zimmer said Peterson is the only healthy player on the team who isn’t expected to play in Friday night’s preseason opener, and Peterson said the only way he can see himself playing in any preseason games at all is if he and the coaches decide he needs some live action in new coach Norv Turner’s offense.

“It all depends on how I’m feeling,” Peterson said, via the Pioneer Press. “I haven’t played a preseason game in two or three years, so we’ll see. With the new offense, I might want to go out there and get a few plays in, but I’ll sit down with Zimmer and see what he thinks.”

The last time Peterson carried the ball in a preseason game was the third week of the 2011 preseason, and in that game Peterson carried 14 times for 81 yards. If Peterson plays at all this preseason, it’s certainly safe to say he won’t get that heavy a workload.

And really, there’s no reason to risk an injury to Peterson in the preseason at all. Last year, Peterson sat out the entire preseason, and on his first carry of the regular season he ran 78 yards for a touchdown. Peterson will be ready when the games count.

98 responses to “Vikings plan to continue holding Peterson out of the preseason

  1. AD is the Vikings… too bad he only had a couple of opportunities to compete for a title… such a great back rotting away in Minnesota…

  2. Good! I can’t wait to see bridgewater in action! At this point, Cassel seems to be the starter, but what a sight to see if Teddy puts on a show during the preseason and wins the job! Exciting times to be a Viking fan

  3. RB’s don’t even need to participate in the preseason. Preseason is more about getting the right rhythm for the starters when it’s live and the RB has the least effect on that rhythm. Their better off just participating in practices until the real action begins…

  4. I know there’s a lot of people here who take any opportunity to bash on the Vikings (I’m not a fan of the Vikes, myself), but… taking off your team-colored glasses for a few, this guy really is a monster of a running back. There’s not much to enjoy about most Minnesota games, but it’s always fun to watch Peterson break off some crazy run on the highlight shows.

  5. After rushing for over 10,000 yards, I don’t think there is anything for him to prove in preseason.

  6. This is why the NFL should not charge full price for preseason games.

    _________________________________
    If they discount the preseason , they will raise the regular season tickets.. The NFL will not take a lost , they know how much we love football…

  7. Playing veteran running backs in the preseason is simply egregious. There’s literally no logic in it.

  8. I’m sure the Vikings are still charging full price for admission to the preseason games….

    Of course with the way the vikings have played recently, they probably shouldn’t be charging full price for their regular season games either.

  9. Last years staff was using AD in December as if they had a shot at 3rd place in the NFC North! FA to be Gerhardt should have been getting most of the carries!

  10. So in other words he is saying screw the team I am worried about me not the team, not the team, only me, it’s only practice, not a real game just practice. If he supposedly is going to be playing a bigger role in the passing game you would think the diva would play to help get the timing down and be a (I know this is going to sound like a joke) blocker to help the young qb out. But when a player announces in the offseason that he will be running for the sideline to avoid contact I guess explains it.

  11. Running backs don’t need preseason carries to get into the groove, no big deal in regards to him not playing in terms of how well he will perform. BUT! Another user nailed it. The NFL is still charging regular season prices for crap football. Cut the preseason to two games and stop televising the preseason games (unless they are televised perhaps locally). The games mean nothing in terms of who wins and loses and are a borefest. The atmosphere at NFL games has declined a lot anyway because the real fans can’t afford tickets. In some stadiums you can’t even get a team chant or fans to wear their team colors. It is even worse in the preseason.

  12. He’s earned it, and can you blame the Vikings? They are paranoid about getting him injured. And if Peterson is out for the season, the Vikings playoff chances are out for the season, no matter who they put out there at quarterback…

  13. Its so funny packer fans come here and whine like babies. Worry about your own team and your China doll qb. Without him you suck. Don’t worry about AP. He’s a top 5 running back of all time. You on the other hand have a fat boy named lacy who couldnt hold aps jock.

  14. I have been a Viking 4life since 1968. I have seen every play exhibition, regular season etc. The backlash we Viking fans have taken was well deserved, we’ve had some very poor teams not to mention bad luck and the NFL couldn’t care less about having the Minnesota Vikings in the playoffs let alone the Superbowl. However as Marty Mcfly said “History is about to change”. I will be succinct, Aaron Rogers, Jay Cutler and Matthew Stafford amongst other quarterbacks will be getting up off the ground a lot. No longer will they be dealing with a super soft secondary that let’s them run to their spots untouched and hassle free. I’m not predicting a Super Bowl or even a playoff spot but with a totally different and attacking defense and a totally new and attacking offense don’t say I didn’t warn you, enjoy the season-Go Vikings!

  15. The Vikings have a losing record since drafting Adrian Peterson.

    Adrian Peterson has only won a single playoff game in his entire Viking career.

    But he puts up some nice stats if you don’t mind losing all the time.

  16. As a Packer fan, it only makes sense to hold him out of the meaningless games. How many more years he has left in the tank is anybody’s guess, but there’s no denying his greatness. He may very well be the greatest of all time.

    Anybody saying otherwise is just trolling and quite possibly nothing more than extra identities of “Super Troll.” I know for a fact that he/she has numerous Viking troll identities, at least one Redskins troll identity, at least one Jets troll identity, at least one Steelers troll identity, and I suspect one or more Packer troll identities.

    I’d have to guess that he/she has at least one troll identity for every NFL team. I get drawn into his/her nonsense myself at times but if we can all just ignore it, he/she will revert back to World Of Warcraft sooner rather than later.

  17. No surprise here. However, I do think most “experts” are underestimating this team.

    Consider this: During the last two seasons, the Vikings record during the first half of the season was 5-3 and 1-7. Their record during the second half of the season was 5-3 and 4-3-1. Not that you throw out the first half of 2013 altogether, but that early season collapse made last year’s team look much worse than it actually was.

    Down the stretch, the Vikings logged wins against teams that were fighting to make the playoffs, including Chicago, Detroit and Philadelphia. Minnesota is not a great team, and they have holes to fill and questions to answer. However, they are not as bad as that 5-10-1 record they posted last year.

  18. f1restarter says: Aug 6, 2014 7:23 AM

    Great running back. Horrible team. Horrible fans.
    ***************************************************
    Your comments are not needed here. You are a Green Bay troll. Please go away man, just go away. It’s just plain weird that you and a slew of Packers fans care so much for the Minnesota Vikings. I find it weird, just sick in the head weird……ALL of you Packer trolls.

  19. Numb1wisfan the truth hurts doesn’t it just like you trying to impersonate a Packer poster. Like we haven’t seen this about a dozen times from viking fans. Why is it viking posters cant admit their allegiance and have to have multiple usernames? Are you that embarrassed by your team or is it what you post?

  20. Each year he gets his preseason reps in during the two games against the Green Bay starting defense.

  21. @mecca excuse me? I’m not a real pack fan? That’s rich. I’m a much better and CLASSIER Pack fan than you apparently. I worry about MY GUYS and don’t waste my time bashing on one of the all-time greats. If AP were on the Pack, you better believe we’d be benching him during preseason too. Don’t act like we wouldn’t. And stop obsessing over the Viking’s. Their not even our biggest rival!!!! GO. PACK.

  22. If they aren’t going to reduce preseason ticket prices then beer ad concessions should be half off.

  23. Im fine with this.

    I kind of hope Lesean McCoy gets the same treatment. I want him to play all 16 game this season.

    Hate to see RBs take a pounding in games that dont mean anything at all, when your roster spot is 100%.

    Let Chris Polk take some time for the Eagles. And even let Sproles get a few carries…but keep the guys healthy and fresh.

    I think Shady has less yards this season than last, but if Sproles doesnt take too many carries from him, I honestly think he can shoot for 2,000. He has the big play ability for it.

  24. “gloryfromheaven46 says:
    Aug 6, 2014 6:51 AM
    RB’s don’t even need to participate in the preseason. Preseason is more about getting the right rhythm for the starters when it’s live and the RB has the least effect on that rhythm. Their better off just participating in practices until the real action begins…”
    ==========================================

    I agree that AD should be held out, but the point about all running backs not needing to participate was a terrible argument. Backs need to block blitzing defenders, swing out for passes, run routes, take handoffs. Besides, the offensive linemen need to know the habits of running backs and run blocking assignments.

  25. With AP, the Vikings have a 4-10-1 record against GB.

    In 2 head-to-head match ups last season, Lacy clearly outperformed AP (more total yards, more TDs, fewer fumbles).

    These are facts and they cannot be disputed.

    I guess AP isn’t the game-changer you think he is. Lots of yards, lots of losses.

  26. themeccalambeaufield says: Aug 6, 2014 9:46 AM

    Numb1wisfan the truth hurts doesn’t it just like you trying to impersonate a Packer poster. Like we haven’t seen this about a dozen times from viking fans. Why is it viking posters cant admit their allegiance and have to have multiple usernames? Are you that embarrassed by your team or is it what you post?

    Numb1wisfan is a true fan not like this troll themeccalambeaufield grow up trash talking was cool in High School but unless your a Seahawks fan were all on the same playing field…
    Yes Yes we all know how many SB yall have won way to go that was then this is now

  27. Both Packer fans and Viking fans troll each other’s posts. No sense in complaining about it.

    It’s all the same, a few people like to talk lots of trash. You can either participate, or ignore it, but complaining about it just feeds them. If you don’t get caught up in it and take it too seriously, its kinda fun to watch them yap at each other.

    But you have to understand that even they know they are being ridiculous.

  28. coachkilla6 says: Aug 6, 2014 11:15 AM

    With AP, the Vikings have a 4-10-1 record against GB.

    In 2 head-to-head match ups last season, Lacy clearly outperformed AP (more total yards, more TDs, fewer fumbles).

    These are facts and they cannot be disputed.

    I guess AP isn’t the game-changer you think he is. Lots of yards, lots of losses.

    Wow tuff to do with that Swiss cheese Defense the vikings played last year, and you may want to re look at them stats lol
    At-Yd-Avg-TD
    AP- Sun 10/27 @ MN 31-44(GB) 13-60-4.6-1
    EL- Sun 10/27 @ MN 31-44(GB) 29-94-3.24-1

    AP- Sun 11/2 @ GB 26-26 (OT)32 -146-4.6 -1
    EL- Sun 11/2 @ GB 26-26 (OT)25-110-4.4-1

  29. AD is the best running back in football and has nothing to prove to anyone. Why take the risk of having him injured in a meaningless preseason exercise? Once the season starts he’ll be more than ready to tear up and down the field when it really counts. I can’t wait.

  30. Awhh the poor purple posters are starting to feel the pressure and are folding much like baby hands bridgewater did at the combine. Its inevitable that all the boasting and bravado is going to catch up with like it has done for the past 4 seasons. You cant hide once the season starts but you guys do try with new usernames. Reality is about to set in!

  31. themeccalambeaufield says: Aug 6, 2014 11:59 AM

    Awhh the poor purple posters are starting to feel the pressure and are folding much like baby hands bridgewater did at the combine. Its inevitable that all the boasting and bravado is going to catch up with like it has done for the past 4 seasons. You cant hide once the season starts but you guys do try with new usernames. Reality is about to set in!

    Just have to ask how far did the Packers make it last year did they win the SB? NOPE!!!! AND YES I know we have never won a SB it sucks yes but this is a new year troll

  32. trolls gotta troll about something. Pre-season games are meant to figure out who is going to make the 53-man roster and to figure out position battles. Guys who are unquestioned starters have no need to play extensively. Is Aaron Rodgers going to play extensively? No, he’ll probably play a couple series and then turn it over to the two headed monster of Flynn/Tolzien. And the only reason he’ll get that much work is because he’s a QB. Is Peyton Manning or Tom Brady going to play extensively? no. Why put 30-40 carries worth of beating and banging on someone in pre-season when that can be saved for the regular season? The only reason the Packer trolls want him to play in the pre-season is that they’re hoping he gets injured so they don’t have to face him during the regular season.

  33. The last time he sat out the preseason was 2012, after which he came within a handful of yards of breaking the all-time rushing record.

  34. No sense in bashing on Peterson or
    Rodgers. Anyone who does is just jealous that they aren’t on thier team. They are both great players, but unfortunately for the Vikings, the way the NFL is today, a great quarterback can take your team much farther than a great running back. That’s why the Packer’s have domonated the Vikings over the past several years. If the VIkings could have gotten even above average QB play during AP’s tenure (other than 2009), things may have been different, but unfortunately for us Viking fans, they weren’t. I really hope that Bridgewater ends this trend.

  35. What’s your point wally? That Eddie and Adrian each gained about the same number of yards and scored the same number of TDs, but Adrian had more fumbles than Eddie?

    Thanks, but we already knew that…

    Hopefully, this is the year Adrian can finally can finally get a handle on that fumbling problem!

  36. What these moronic Viking fans don’t seem to understand is that the only reason us Packer fans troll Viking articles is because they do it 10 times more on Packer articles.
    ____

    A popular myth that cannot be substantiated by the facts. Of course, no one ever accused a Packer fan of being able to count.

  37. chris1cat says:
    Aug 6, 2014 9:42 AM
    f1restarter says: Aug 6, 2014 7:23 AM

    Great running back. Horrible team. Horrible fans.
    ***************************************************
    Your comments are not needed here. You are a Green Bay troll. Please go away man, just go away. It’s just plain weird that you and a slew of Packers fans care so much for the Minnesota Vikings. I find it weird, just sick in the head weird……ALL of you Packer trolls.

    ???????????????????????????????????????????

    I see so it’s ok for Vikings fans to troll the hell out of Bears, Packers and Lions post, among many many other teams, but when we troll back we are in the wrong and you’re innocent. You need to look around on here, the Viking’s fan base is THE Troll fan base of the NFL on this website and that is a HARD/SOLID/FIRM fact. Cry more!

  38. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Aug 6, 2014 12:20 PM

    What’s your point wally? That Eddie and Adrian each gained about the same number of yards and scored the same number of TDs, but Adrian had more fumbles than Eddie?

    Thanks, but we already knew that…

    Hopefully, this is the year Adrian can finally can finally get a handle on that fumbling problem!

    Carla the big difference is 9 in the box vs 1 of the best QB’s in the league and maybe 6 in the box or playing against a nickel D huge difference there smart guy!!!

  39. poorcalvinisstuckonthecrappylions are you a Packer fan? A lions fan a bears fan or what you seem to just troll every teams posts and bla bla bla ya TROLL

  40. numba1wiscosportsfan says:
    Aug 6, 2014 12:53 PM

    @mecca – see my thumbs up/down count vs yours. You are a common troll, guy

    Wow a Packer imposter gets more thumbs up on a Viking article, who would have ever thought? Your first 2 weeks with the new alias you couldn’t even spell Rodgers name correctly. Like I said thou protests too much

  41. Dear wally,

    You may have noticed that Aaron missed a few games last year, including the game at Lambeau. I think some of your brethren may have mentioned that a time or two over the past few months..

    Nice of you to respect Scott Tolzien and Matt Flynn so much by playing nickel/dime defense that whole game. They clearly deserve that, they’re backups on the Packers, but would easily start for your squad.

  42. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Aug 6, 2014 1:01 PM

    Funny that mecca accuses numba1 of not being a true Packer fan based on the logic that a true Packer fan would not have any class.

    Obviously reading comprehension is not your strong suit try reading again or are you just making things up once again trying to cover for what your 6th alias?

  43. Lots of complaining about trolls today.

    If you really want Packers fans to stop, start policing packers articles and tell your fellow Vikings fans to stop being childish.

    I’d be willing to bet that if Vikings fans found any civility whatsoever, the Packers fans would show their world renowned class much more frequently.

    Alas, someone has to put you morons in your place. So until you start doing it yourselves, I’m doing my civic duty picking up your slack.

  44. Dear Carl,
    Did you happen to see the vikings defense last year?????
    Enough said there, but that game was a tie so you got to see what it was like to play with a crappy QB (Just like the vikings have had but are hoping Teddy can be our Aaron) and you tied the Vikings get a clue Carl your 1 injury away from 8-8. good luck Troll!!!
    You can’t even call me a troll cause i was on the Green bay post about Don Barclay wishing him a speedy recovery you see there duchie there is a difference between being a troll and not, you are the definition of a troll!!!!!

  45. tokyosandblaster- I have a feeling that that statement vikings fans feel the same way you feel we have to keep doing our civic duty till you can get a clue!!!

  46. golforepar says: Aug 6, 2014 1:38 PM

    These Vikings fans are funny. I will miss them when they all vanish in October!

    Who is your team are you a Seahawks fan?

  47. I get that trolling takes place both ways. I’m just above it, and it annoys me that fans of my favorite PROUD franchise – the GREEN BAY PACKERS – will stoop to such immature nonsense. The Viking’s trolls are no better. But I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, show some class Pack fans (or are you?). Act like you’ve “been there” – because we have!!!!

  48. The fact is, there are a small number of commenters who purport to be Viking fans who comment on every story and say ridiculous things just to get a rise out of people. The majority of us are knowledgeable Viking fans who support our team and don’t like the Packers. People should be able to tell the difference.

    The problem with these people who are all upset about Viking fans who have the nerve to make a comment is they consider anyone who doesn’t call Teddy Bridgewater a bust before he’s played his first preseason game a troll.

    And I’ll use as many screen names as I want. I only use one at a time, unlike many Packer commenters, and you all know who I am. I didn’t realize there was a rule.

  49. wallyswfl says:
    Aug 6, 2014 11:50 AM
    coachkilla6 says: Aug 6, 2014 11:15 AM

    With AP, the Vikings have a 4-10-1 record against GB.

    In 2 head-to-head match ups last season, Lacy clearly outperformed AP (more total yards, more TDs, fewer fumbles).

    These are facts and they cannot be disputed.

    I guess AP isn’t the game-changer you think he is. Lots of yards, lots of losses.

    Wow tuff to do with that Swiss cheese Defense the vikings played last year, and you may want to re look at them stats lol
    At-Yd-Avg-TD
    AP- Sun 10/27 @ MN 31-44(GB) 13-60-4.6-1
    EL- Sun 10/27 @ MN 31-44(GB) 29-94-3.24-1

    AP- Sun 11/2 @ GB 26-26 (OT)32 -146-4.6 -1
    EL- Sun 11/2 @ GB 26-26 (OT)25-110-4.4-1

    ——————————————————————–

    You forgot their RECEIVING statistics. Remember I said Total Yards.

    AP – 231 total yds, 2 TDs, 1 Fumble (Lost)
    EL – 270 total yds, 2 TDs, 0 Fumbles

    Again, facts cannot be disputed. I did err by saying Lacy had more TDs. They both had 2. My bad.

  50. What is a troll? I think I’m allowed to have an opinion of a fellow NFC North division team, I don’t ever respond to other commenters (unless they say something so ridiculous that it really requires a response).

  51. So what your saying is Eddy Lacy is better cause he plays with a better QB and the defenses can’t stack the box…. Even with the stacked box had the same # of TD’s so now what were you saying again?????

  52. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Aug 6, 2014 2:28 PM

    What is a troll? I think I’m allowed to have an opinion of a fellow NFC North division team, I don’t ever respond to other commenters (unless they say something so ridiculous that it really requires a response).

    Carl to know a troll you must look in the mirror it is some one like you who goes on other teams posts and talks crap… AKA Carl Gerbschmidt

  53. numba1wiscosportsfan says:
    Aug 6, 2014 3:12 PM

    Gerby, steller, tokyo, and mecca probably don’t even live in WISCONSON!!!

    #justsayin
    #notrealfans

    Oh my God you just proved my point two-fold. Still protesting and not being able to spell Wisconsin correctly! Like I said we have seen this plenty of times, not hard to pick out trolls disguising themselves.

  54. wallyswfl says:
    Aug 6, 2014 2:36 PM
    So what your saying is Eddy Lacy is better cause he plays with a better QB and the defenses can’t stack the box…. Even with the stacked box had the same # of TD’s so now what were you saying again?????

    —————————————————————————

    I never said Lacy was better. I said he outperformed AP in the 2 games they’ve played so far. You can make all the excuses you want for why that happened but don’t twist the facts as I’ve presented them.

  55. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Aug 6, 2014 2:28 PM
    What is a troll? I think I’m allowed to have an opinion of a fellow NFC North division team
    _____

    And your opinion of the Vikings is “4 Super Bowls, 13 world championships”?

    I don’t get it.

  56. There are better games on satellite and the vikings are not on national television.

    I bet most people in the country have seen Peterson play less than 6 times.

    It really doesn’t matter if he plays or not as the outcome will be the same.

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