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Vikings won’t play Adrian Peterson this week, if at all

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Well, here’s one way to showcase Christian Ponder for a possible trade.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer told reporters today that running back Adrian Peterson would not play in Saturday’s game against the Cardinals.

The likelihood is he may not play at all in the preseason, which is fine for the Vikings, as they plan to protect their most precious asset.

Of course, they’ll still happily accept full fare from their paying customers for those games, as they watch Matt Cassel and Teddy Bridgewater duke it out for the starting job.

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40 Responses to “Vikings won’t play Adrian Peterson this week, if at all”
  1. VickyMendozaDiagonal says: Aug 14, 2014 12:58 PM

    NO Reason to play the best RB in all of football and of all time during the preseason. Keep his legs fresh so he will be ready to go as we embark on our decade of dominance.

    SKOL Vikes!

  2. floratiotime says: Aug 14, 2014 12:59 PM

    Enjoy APs last good year. When RBs start to decline it’s a fast drop.

  3. scrp2 says: Aug 14, 2014 1:01 PM

    Top 5 Greatest Vikings:

    1. Fran Tarkenton
    2. Randy Moss
    3. Alan Page
    4. Mick Tinglehoff
    5. DJ Dozier

  4. amishninjas says: Aug 14, 2014 1:01 PM

    Charging full fare for the preseason will balance out trying to sell 40,000 tickets to watch a 4 win team in December in the freezing cold.

  5. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Aug 14, 2014 1:02 PM

    Not sure that is the right call, from what I hear the rookie, McKinnon, is picking up Norv’s schemes better than Adrian …

  6. bassplucker says: Aug 14, 2014 1:02 PM

    Actually, it the Vikings want to move Ponder, the LAST thing they want is him throwing the ball a lot. I watched him in that Raiders game last week… playing against 3rd string defenders… and he was awful. He was struggling with throws a decent high school QB can make.

  7. nowillrepeat says: Aug 14, 2014 1:05 PM

    12 men in the huddle

  8. Frazier28/7 says: Aug 14, 2014 1:22 PM

    Duh.

  9. ragnarthemagnificent says: Aug 14, 2014 1:38 PM

    Running outside at The Bank under Norv Turner, AP might have 3000 all purpose yards this year! SKOL!!
    13 games outdoors this season. A team built for running and defense = winning

  10. We, the Steelers, support the immediate relocation of the Bills, Raiders, Vikings, Jaguars, Buccaneers, Rams, Ravens, Chargers, Colts, and Cardinals. Their current cities are an embarrassment to the NFL and the game Pittsburgh invented. #6 says: Aug 14, 2014 1:39 PM

    Bell is better.

  11. packerenglishmajor says: Aug 14, 2014 1:43 PM

    I think holding him out of pre-season kinda’ worked out last year.

    The first time he touched the ball in regular season he took it 78 yards to the house.

    That rug really tied the room together!

  12. themeccalambeaufield says: Aug 14, 2014 1:44 PM

    Peterson the diva thinking of himself. What team player opts to sit out when installing a new offense when timing and continuity are everything? These things cant be replicated in practice. I guess when you announce in the offseason that you will be avoiding contact he meant more than running for the sideline.

  13. We, the Steelers, support the immediate relocation of the Bills, Raiders, Vikings, Jaguars, Buccaneers, Rams, Ravens, Chargers, Colts, and Cardinals. Their current cities are an embarrassment to the NFL and the game Pittsburgh invented. #6 says: Aug 14, 2014 1:49 PM

    Seriously, Minnesota should not have a team. That’s just ridiculous.

  14. seahawkfanfrom1970s says: Aug 14, 2014 1:51 PM

    Top five greatest Vikings:
    1. Percy Harvin
    2. Sidney Rice
    3. Heath Farwell
    4. Kevin Williams
    5. John Randle

  15. chris1cat says: Aug 14, 2014 1:53 PM

    Absolute dominate player.
    No sign of decline and gets to run in Norv’s Scheme.
    No one like ALL DAY………no one!
    ROCK N’ SKOL!

  16. jimmysee says: Aug 14, 2014 1:57 PM

    It worked for the Vikings last year.

    Actually, it was about the only thing that worked for the Vikings.

  17. coachkilla6 says: Aug 14, 2014 2:05 PM

    Looks like AP isn’t willing to put in the work necessary to improve his receiving and blocking skills.

    That’s a shame. He could be considered one of the greats if he wasn’t entirely one dimensional.

  18. buds4grant says: Aug 14, 2014 2:12 PM

    Hopefully he runs up Charlie Johnson’s back so David Yankey gets the green light at LG.

  19. theoriginalbvan says: Aug 14, 2014 2:13 PM

    SOFT!

  20. buds4grant says: Aug 14, 2014 2:14 PM

    But is he doing yoga?

  21. electricboogalo says: Aug 14, 2014 2:18 PM

    They’re afraid he’ll fumble.

  22. revelation123 says: Aug 14, 2014 2:19 PM

    Much like Stephen Jackson, Adrian Peterson’s productive years have been wasted by being a member of an inferior team.

    If AP had been a member of the Patriots, Packers, Saints or any other team with a good QB, he would have likely had a ring or two by now.

  23. macdaddyspeed says: Aug 14, 2014 2:20 PM

    Seahawks GM John Schneider felt it best to limit the number of reps AD takes during the preseason. You can say all the bad stuff you want about the Seahawks, but they do well in the management of their farm system.

  24. VenerableAxiom says: Aug 14, 2014 2:29 PM

    Why would anyone trade for Ponder?

  25. beardinals says: Aug 14, 2014 2:45 PM

    Just scared to see what would happen against the #1 rush defense? I get it.

  26. bobnelsonjr says: Aug 14, 2014 2:58 PM

    He doesn’t play defense. He rarely plays on passing downs. He is involved at most, 25% of all plays.

    It is good that the vikings are getting accustomed to operating without him but 75% of the time he doesn’t matter.

    Resting him last year in preseason helped the vikings achieve a 5 win season so it has been successful. Running the ball adequately when down multiple scores in the 4th qtr has always been achievable and is in line with the team’s goals.

    Very few running backs are paid half of what Peterson is paid.

  27. MossMoon2Packers says: Aug 14, 2014 3:49 PM

    Hey nowillrepeat, if the refs (Pete Morelli and crew) in the 2009 NFCCG had not been transparently biased and/or incompetent, the 12-men-in-the-huddle wouldn’t have made any difference. There were at least 4 or 5 horrific calls, all against the Vikings, that gave the Saints the game. And, that’s not just my opinion; ESPN and others gave scathing reports about the officiating.

  28. deltaoracle says: Aug 14, 2014 4:05 PM

    Makes you wonder whether the groin problem has really healed.
    Mini should run him ’til he drops this year since he’ll probably be down with Jerrah next season.

  29. packerenglishmajor says: Aug 14, 2014 4:08 PM

    You know when you hate that hard on a playa’, we can can see you salivating with envy.

    . . . and that list of former Vikes that went on to play for the Sea-slugs:

    No gas left in the tank!

    Just sayin’

  30. wafflestomp says: Aug 14, 2014 5:00 PM

    Programmatic Non Fit!

  31. stellarperformance says: Aug 14, 2014 5:17 PM

    He’s nothing but a “system” running back.

  32. themeccalambeaufield says: Aug 14, 2014 5:49 PM

    Peterson is soft he avoids contact like he does his children.

  33. tokyosandblaster says: Aug 14, 2014 6:07 PM

    Is this a Vikings fan complaining about officiating from a game give years ago, that Adrian Peterson fumbled away?

    No way!

    Let it go. Your pathetic franchise doesn’t deserve championships.

  34. tokyofilthblaster says: Aug 15, 2014 12:18 AM

    Adrian Peterson is too fragile to play preseason games. He needs to preserve himself so that he rack up meaningless stats during garbage time of losses.

  35. reesesteel23 says: Aug 15, 2014 10:58 AM

    That game was one of the worst I’d seen. To think? You have to play dirty and take shots at a 39 yr old grey haired qb just to beat him. Not just 1 or 2 shots. It was 1 or 2 shots every single series. Not 1 flag came out for any of the hits.

    At the end of the day the Viking could’ve stayed focused and stopped the turnovers, but when you playing against the team and the officials, that’s a hard one to overcome. Saints fans know the truth whether they admit it or not. Obvious bounty on a 39 yr old qb

  36. unmercifulone says: Aug 16, 2014 2:23 AM

    seahawkfanfrom1970s says:

    Top five greatest Seahawks:
    1. Percy Harvin
    2. Sidney Rice
    3. Heath Farwell
    4. Kevin Williams
    5. John Randle

    I couldn’t agree more.

  37. secretbonus1 says: Aug 16, 2014 6:46 PM

    This post and all the comments are ridiculous in so many ways.
    The crowd commenting is bipolar. Extremism and delusion on both sides.

  38. arianil985 says: Aug 16, 2014 6:51 PM

    ^^^playmaker*^^^ darn autocorrect!

  39. secretbonus1 says: Aug 16, 2014 6:58 PM

    1)Ponder would never see reps with AP at RB anyways, and it wouldn’t change his supporting cast. They a also won’t get anything for him, and have no reason not to keep 3 QBs.
    2)Not putting AP in the top 5 Vikes all time is outrageous.
    3)Saying AP will rush for 3000 is ridiculous. Might as well say “a million fabillion ja jillion yards times infinity plus 1″
    4)Peterson would play if he could, suggesting it was his decision not to play is stupid, it is a coaching decision and possibly the general manager’s precaution and coaching staff doing what the boss wants.
    5)I’m not even going to respond to the Seahawk fans statements. They have a ring so they have until their elimination from SB contention to engage in trash talks combined with delusions before they are ridiculed along with everyone else.

  40. kkvikesrus42 says: Aug 19, 2014 8:40 PM

    I always root for whoever is playing the saints…needless to say I don’t care for them…their so called superbowl win should have been taken away… wrote down n books that no one won that superbowl or they could have put cheaters behind it…lol

    Anways I look for the vikes to be winning a superbowl in the next 4 years and be good from year to year.

    For some of you on here…have you ever looked at vikings history..they have had some of the best defenses and offenses… look up their stats…they have been in playoffs more than they haven’t….a lot more.. making it to superbowl for any team is an accomplishment in itself…everyone only remembers who wins unless of course its your team that looses.

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