If the Vikings would have practiced on Monday, running back Adrian Peterson wouldn’t have. They practiced on Tuesday, and Adrian Peterson didn’t.
In advance of Thursday night’s game against the Buccaneers, Peterson is resting an ankle that, as he said last week, is “hurting consistently.” During a Monday appearance on PFT Live, Peterson said the ankle is doing better, and it was clear that he’ll play on Thursday night.
Also out on Tuesday was tight end John Carlson, who has a concussion. Limited for the Vikings were defensive end Jared Allen (groin), tackle Matt Kalil (back), safety Mistral Raymond (ankle), safety Harrison Smith (calf), and cornerback Antoine Winfield (knee).
Fully participating were running back Matt Asiata (knee), safety Robert Blanton (hamstring), defensive tackle Fred Evans (knee), linebacker Marvin Mitchell (calf), quarterback Christian Ponder (knee), and receiver Jerome Simpson (back, foot).
In contrast, the Bucs are very healthy. All injured players fully participated in practice on Tuesday, including linebacker Adam Hayward (ankle), receiver Vincent Jackson (calf), cornerback Brandon McDonald (ankle), guard Carl Nicks (foot), and center Jeremy Zuttah (quadricep).
The Vikings can improve to 6-2 overall, including 5-0 at home, if they beat the Buccaneers on Thursday night.