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Adrian Peterson misses practice with back injury

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As the Vikings prepare for their first outdoor home playoff game since 1976, the best running back in franchise history didn’t practice.

According to the official injury report, Adrian Peterson missed practice on Wednesday with a back injury. He suffered the injury during Sunday night’s NFC North championship game against the Packers. He was absent from the game for a while, but he returned later. After the game, he told NBC’s Michele Tafoya that he’ll play on Sunday against Seattle.

Also missing practice for the Vikings on Wednesday were defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis (ankle) and fullback Zach Line (illness). Defensive end Everson Griffen (shoulder) and defensive tackle Linval Jospeh (foot) practiced on a limited basis.

Receiver Adam Theilen fully participated with shoulder and back injuries.

The last time the Vikings played the Seahawks, players like safety Harrison Smith and linebacker Anthony Barr were banged up. This time, they’re not even on the injury report, which could help make the outcome something other than Seattle, 38-7.

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44 Responses to “Adrian Peterson misses practice with back injury”
  1. narlo00 says: Jan 6, 2016 9:22 PM

    23-20 Vikings

  2. number1hawkfan says: Jan 6, 2016 9:23 PM

    Once you become a parent you despise terrible parents because you know how hard it is to raise a good kid. Also you realize how cool kids are. I hate parents who won’t discipline their kids. What this idiot did makes me sick. He said roger goodell didn’t know what a whoopin was. Well, you’ll see what a real whoopin is Sunday when the the Seahawks shut you down again. As a hawks fan a win would be sweet but beating this tool shed is gonna be extra nice.

  3. dragonfly99 says: Jan 6, 2016 9:23 PM

    Somehow this is Roger Goodell’s fault.

  4. leatherface2012 says: Jan 6, 2016 9:25 PM

    freezing cold hard hitting GO VIKINGS!!

  5. redeemerac says: Jan 6, 2016 9:26 PM

    Most thought this game was already over before it started, now it’s official.

  6. codythao35 says: Jan 6, 2016 9:26 PM

    He is not going to miss the game for sure.

  7. futures44 says: Jan 6, 2016 9:27 PM

    Call Ashley Mannings Doctor. You will rush for 400 yards and 7 td’s. Or just Throw for 55TD’s next season.

  8. codythao35 says: Jan 6, 2016 9:28 PM

    He is not going to miss the game for sure. Go get those seachickens and show them what you’re made of.

  9. whynotjustadmitit says: Jan 6, 2016 9:31 PM

    Vikings 27 Seahawks 24
    Walsh saves the day
    Let me live

  10. bert1913 says: Jan 6, 2016 9:38 PM

    built in excuse after the Seahawks shut him down again

  11. rynehawk says: Jan 6, 2016 9:51 PM

    Wednesday = typical rest day for superstars. Nothing to see here.

  12. joeybrownerguy says: Jan 6, 2016 9:53 PM

    Yes, I am from Minnesota, but I’m 49 years old and have been conditioned through past experiences to see the Vikes fold at the worst times. As a result, I usually expect (and predict) the worst for The Purple in big games. That said, Zimmer has something going here. I know the ‘Hawks routed us last time, but the Vikings were without their 3 best defensive players. The key being that 2 of the 3 (Barr and Harrison Smith) started, but left after one series, leaving under-prepared backups to replace them. Four days later, knowing the backups would have to start (and preparing accordingly), the Vikes did a fine job against the high-powered Arizona offense. I’m not guaranteeing a Vikings victory, but those who think Seattle is in for an easy game on Sunday may be in for a bit of a surprise.

  13. squeakywheeler says: Jan 6, 2016 9:54 PM

    He’ll be 50 to 70% at best and the Vike’s are really going to get destroyed now. See how Seattle handled Arizona running game last week with a healthy back AND WITH the threat of a great passing attack?

    Now with the weather Seattle knows they have to run cuz Teddy won’t be able to throw in the cold & their passing game was average at best to start with. Throw in a running back with back problems & This game is going to be a disaster now.

    Peterson had to be 100% for this game. His legs will be gone by half time. Even the needle wont solve a bad back and weak legs that go along with it. Good luck though – tough break.

  14. btjorgensen says: Jan 6, 2016 9:59 PM

    AP will go. No doubt about it. Looking forward to this game. A lot of people are expecting Seattle to roll, I don’t think that’ll be the case.

  15. gbbvan says: Jan 6, 2016 10:03 PM

    So soft!

  16. 4sacroc says: Jan 6, 2016 10:05 PM

    OK. 35-7.

  17. taintedsaints2009 says: Jan 6, 2016 10:10 PM

    Linval Joseph HAS TO PLAY for the vikings to have any sort of shot to slow down Seattle.

  18. babygaga19 says: Jan 6, 2016 10:11 PM

    Man, it is so ovah for the Queens!

  19. jh82208 says: Jan 6, 2016 10:21 PM

    Not worried. McKinnon could carry them to this easy victory over Seattle.

  20. funshipm174 says: Jan 6, 2016 10:29 PM

    I just listened to an interview with the Professor John Clayton. Today was nothing more than a rest day for Peterson, he’s fine.

  21. beerbratscheese says: Jan 6, 2016 10:32 PM

    In five of AP’s last seven games, he’s averaged about five and a half or less yards per game. The worst stretch of his career. Now he’s nursing a back injury. I guess it’s true: every NFL player hits that wall at some point.

  22. vikingsnyc5 says: Jan 6, 2016 10:40 PM

    Hopefully it is just precautionary. We can’t win without him Sunday!

  23. purplove1 says: Jan 6, 2016 10:44 PM

    The Vikings are going to wear Rams helmets and win.

  24. diveleft says: Jan 6, 2016 10:55 PM

    I hope they all get better in time for Sunday. It should be an interesting game to watch. Go Vikes!

  25. purpleguy says: Jan 6, 2016 10:58 PM

    I’m not sure AP has even practiced on a Wednesday for the last 4 weeks.

  26. seapat says: Jan 6, 2016 11:29 PM

    Yes, you’re right, it will be more along the lines of 34-10.

  27. squeakywheeler says: Jan 7, 2016 12:05 AM

    He’ll be 50 to 70% at best and the Vike’s are really going to get destroyed now. See how Seattle handled Arizona running game last week with a healthy back AND WITH the threat of a great passing attack?

    Now with the weather Seattle knows they have to run cuz Teddy won’t be able to throw in the cold & their passing game was average at best to start with. Throw in a running back with back problems & This game is going to be a disaster now.

    Peterson had to be 100% for this game. His legs will be gone by half time. Even the needle wont solve a bad back and weak legs that go along with it. Good luck though – tough break.

  28. chawk12thman says: Jan 7, 2016 12:08 AM

    “…….Harrison Smith and linebacker Anthony Barr were banged up. This time, they’re not even on the injury report, which could help make the outcome something other than Seattle, 38-7.” Unless AP is out; then it gets worse…….

  29. oreo51 says: Jan 7, 2016 12:11 AM

    Opps! His back is not going to feel any better after Mebane and Rubin tackle him. Without a fully healthy Adrian Peterson the Vikings have no chance. It does not matter who takes the field on defense. Bridgewater is not good enough to carry the Vikings offense by himself, especially in the cold.

  30. cribbage12 says: Jan 7, 2016 12:35 AM

    Soft.

  31. nflguy007 says: Jan 7, 2016 12:52 AM

    The Hawks are getting some players back too.

  32. jmethane says: Jan 7, 2016 2:08 AM

    Odd that is usually Marshawn Lynch’s headline on wednesday. “Misses practice with back issues”. Then he comes out strong on sunday with no problem.

    I’m thinking we should just assume AP will be 100% and ignore this.

  33. pfffffffffffft says: Jan 7, 2016 3:37 AM

    First game, Smith’s and Barr’s replacements missed a lot of tackles.

  34. namingrights says: Jan 7, 2016 5:34 AM

    Practice?!?!

    I think he still knows how to run over and through people.
    Get healthy AP

  35. gtodriver says: Jan 7, 2016 8:02 AM

    Peterson will play.

    Hoping Griffin and Joseph are healthy.

  36. vikingforlife says: Jan 7, 2016 8:41 AM

    Have no problem with AP not practicing, he’ll be fine. Just a not: since all the networks and their “talking heads” in their infinite wisdom have Seattle crushing our Vikes, why are we even playing this game?? Why not hand over the win and say, move on… It really is quite disrespectful (the way they are talking, I mean). Just sayin’……

  37. seabrawk12 says: Jan 7, 2016 9:22 AM

    Total respect for the Vikings. May the best team win. Go HAWKS

  38. vikingforlife says: Jan 7, 2016 9:45 AM

    seabrawk12: Thanks! Glad to see there are some people out there with some class. If you are going to the game, May the Gods be with you!!! Wear your furry underwear!!!! Cold does not begin to describe it! SKOL!!!

  39. minson15 says: Jan 7, 2016 9:50 AM

    I really hope Peterson goes on Sunday, as well as all of Minnesota’s players. We want the best from Minnesota. It’s going to be a tough cold game that everyone is looking forward to.

  40. seabrawk12 says: Jan 7, 2016 11:14 AM

    seabrawk12: Thanks! Glad to see there are some people out there with some class. If you are going to the game, May the Gods be with you!!! Wear your furry underwear!!!! Cold does not begin to describe it! SKOL!!!

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    vikingforlife: I will be in attendance this Sunday. Furry underwear packed. At least the beer will stay cold. Thanks for the tip and good luck to your squad!

  41. dizzybruhbruh33 says: Jan 7, 2016 12:17 PM

    Does he have… Skol-iosis?

  42. vikingforlife says: Jan 7, 2016 1:18 PM

    If anyone seriously thinks he is not playing on Sunday, what rock have you been living under all season??? Seriously, he will be good to go, no worries here. And honestly, he knows, as well as the rest of us that McKinnon is one hell a back up plan! SKOL!!!!

  43. purplepackerhater says: Jan 7, 2016 2:04 PM

    Actually better put your bear in a thermos, anything exposed to the air will freeze quick. Hot toddies and Irish Coffees are the way to go.

  44. purplepackerhater says: Jan 7, 2016 2:05 PM

    *beer*

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