The Vikings have released their inactives for Monday Night Football.
The biggest surprise is that running back Adrian Peterson is among them. He will not play against the Bears due to a thigh bruise. Though Peterson did not practice until Saturday of last week, Vikings interim coach Leslie Frazier told reporters that his running back’s absences were precautionary. ESPN’s Ed Werder reports that Peterson participated in pre-game warmups under the watchful eye of Frazier. Frazier apparently didn’t want to risk Peterson’s legs on the hard surface at TCF Bank Stadium.
Rookie Toby Gerhart will start at tailback.
Quarterback Brett Favre is active, as expected. He will get the start.
The rest of the Vikings’ inactives: Safety Tyrell Johnson, safety Jamarca Sanford, quarterbacks R.J. Archer and Patrick Ramsey, wide receiver Greg Lewis, offensive lineman Thomas Welch, and defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy.
The Bears’ inactives involve much less drama than the Vikings’. The most notable absence for Chicago is linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa, who is still recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery.
Nick Roach starts at strong-side linebacker for Tinoisamoa.
Tinoisamoa will be joined on the sideline by tight end Desmond Clark, cornerback Joshua Moore, defensive tackle Marcus Harrison, offensive lineman Edwin Williams, running back Kahlil Bell, and offensive tackle Herman Johnson.
Caleb Hanie is the Bears’ third quarterback.