Adrian Peterson probable for Sunday night

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Vikings running back Adrian Peterson took it easy during practice this week after spraining his ankle against the Bears last Sunday, but no one from the team ever expressed any concern that he was going to miss this weekend’s game against the Giants.

That lack of concern extended to Friday when Peterson returned to practice and was listed as a full participant. Peterson, who is the NFL’s leading rusher with a nine-yard lead over Doug Martin, was subsequently listed as probable to play in the game.

Safety Harrison Smith, linebacker Anthony Barr and defensive tackle Linval Joseph are also probable after missing most or all of the last three games because of injuries.

Depending on the results on Saturday night and earlier on Sunday, the game may either hold playoff implications for both teams or may kick off with the Vikings already sure that they are headed to the postseason and the Giants knowing that they can’t get there. There could still be NFC North implications for the Vikings, who face the Packers in Week 17.

Regardless of how the other games play out, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he’s not going to rest any starters so Peterson and the returning defenders should be front and center come Sunday night.

65 responses to “Adrian Peterson probable for Sunday night

  1. Vikings and Patriots are the only teams who can plug n play. Packers, not even close. Last time I check when next men up for them was a big choker.

  2. You rest starters if your spot is set. When you’re the Vikings, and you haven’t even clinched yet and the next two weeks determine whether you get the 3, 5, or 6 seed, you don’t. Easy call.

  3. Good. I need this dog to play lights out for my fantasy team. Now, if only their QB was worth a darn… smh

  4. The Vikings won’t be playing for much since the Cardinals will have laid the smackdown on the Packers by the time it kicks off. So, I say let the stars get some reps, get out without injuries, and go play of the division next week and hopefully be relatively healthy for the playoffs.

  5. Flexed to Sunday Night was a blessing! This is a prime opportunity for the Vikings to “practice” a game that has playoff type atmosphere and on prime-time TV.
    Zimmer will have a full healthy squad with a hot offensive of late, to show that Vikings are up and coming team that could do damage in the playoffs. .

  6. I laugh at Viking fans when they try to pretend there team is relevant.
    I laugh even more they try and pretend they have a chance at a Super Bowl victory.
    Ok I’m done laughing now. Can we talk reality? And know this: The Packers have a better chance at winning the Super Bowl than the over rated Vikings. And know this: The Packers have a better shot at winning there last two games than the Vikings do.
    Mark it down..

  7. SB50champs says:
    Dec 25, 2015 5:18 PM

    I laugh at Viking fans when they try to pretend there team is relevant.
    I laugh even more they try and pretend they have a chance at a Super Bowl victory.
    Ok I’m done laughing now. Can we talk reality? And know this: The Packers have a better chance at winning the Super Bowl than the over rated Vikings. And know this: The Packers have a better shot at winning there last two games than the Vikings do.
    Mark it down..
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    Yup, that sure sounds like a statement from someone with a good handle on reality…….

  8. M. Chmura may have been aquitted of rape, but he admitted being guilty of adultery with a 17 year old babysitter – yeah, that makes him a saint in Packerland… Remember, Peterson was not found guilty of any crime either. So make sure you compare apples to apples…

  9. As a proud former Packer I say stop picking on my buddy Mark Chmura. He was well within his right to hottub with High School girls. Just like Andrew Quarless is well within his right to intimidate girls by shooting a gun because they turned him down while his pregnant wife was home alone.

  10. As a proud former Packer I say stop picking on my buddy Mark Chmura. He was well within his right to hottub with High School girls. Just like Andrew Quarless is well within his right to intimidate girls by shooting a gun because they turned him down while his pregnant wife was home alone..

  11. mikey547 | Dec 25, 2015, 6:26 PM CST
    The packers released him after the allegations came out.
    The vikings resigned beathison to a new contract.

    If you are going to try to make a clever nickname, you gotta spell it right man. Beathisson. But I do like the idea of AP getting his beat on. On the field that is.

  12. packer fans really give their team a bad name for bashing AP …. Hornung, Sharper, Jolly, Guion, Chumura, Quarless, Gein, Dahmer …… all FELONS from packer land …..! OH, and only fans, to kill the head coaches DOG……what a great fan base……!!!! ( don’t forget BIGGEST COLLAPSE in NFL history ….. 1-18-15 ….! )

  13. wow, a simple article on the status of Peterson’s ankle spirals way outside the subject, mostly spurred on by the Viking fans who strangely jump on a Viking thread only to reference something about the Packers. Its called living rent free in your tiny little minds.

    Here is a simple fact whether you want to acknowledge it or not. Great running backs, including those convicted of child abuse, are seldom the difference makers on a championship team. Most of the times, but not always, a franchise Qb that can make all the throws, make throws into tight windows, and carry his team when everything is on the line, that is really the biggest difference maker. Now ask yourself, is Theodore that QB?

  14. All that talk about AP not practicing, I KNEW he would play! How much, that remains to be seen. The great thing is, just the threat of him being out there, is ALL we need! All you Packer fans know it, so quit your jabbing about the frickin’ child abuse garbage! It’s old, over, and done with! He is the BEST, and you just can’t stand it! SKOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now let’s win out!

  15. ariani85pftpoetsuckskol says:
    Dec 25, 2015 4:25 PM
    Cody, I see no one taught you how to read, write, spell or comprehend English for christmas
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    Pot meet kettle.

  16. Corporal punishment is still legal here in the States. Disciplining a child is sometimes necessary in order to teach right from wrong. Far too many people have not learned that there are consequences to one’s actions. In an attempt to be a responsible parent AP lost control and went too far. I, for one, am glad he will be playing Sunday night. I’m even more pleased that the defense will be back to near full strength.

  17. golforepar says:
    Dec 25, 2015 7:11 PM
    Who is Chumura? Mark Chmura was aquitted. Nice try though

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    He was acquitted of forceable rape. The real question of the trial (for forceable rape) was did he force his 17 year old baby sitter to have sex with him or was it consensual. There was no question of him having sex with her at a high school post prom party ( a 30+ yr old adult attending a HS post prom party to chase his baby sitter, while his wife was out of town ). The defense was basically, “she wanted it”. So yes, he was acquitted of forceable rape, but was never tried for statutory rape, since the age of consent in WI is/was 18 years old. He did publicly apologize for, as he said “what I did”, after the trial.

    He did get released by the Packers organization, and his actions were considered so egregious by the rest of the NFL, he was never signed to another team again. This was a time when, as long as you could play, you would be allowed to, no matter what you had done. I guess statutory rape to a minor was the only thing that could override that at the time.

    But, I know why Packer fans are so ardent to defend him.

  18. Chmura ruptured his c5 and C6 disks in his cervical spine against Detroit in 1999, effectively ending his career six months before the hot tub incident.

    Following his release from the Packers, he aggravated the injury working out for the Saints and the Redskins, before choosing on his own to retire.

    I felt the need to react to some of the posts from “usual suspect” Viking fans. They have a reputation for making stuff up to suit their anti-Packer frame of mind. Most remaining Viking fans think it is OK to do that.

    Hence my reaction.

  19. packers trying to play catchup …… Vikings still lead the NORTH with more titles ……!!!! SKOL Vikings…..!!!!
    Erin’s getting old & needs to retire….! Teddy’s on the RISE.

  20. I seem to remember a story about a Love Boat cruise on Lake Minnetonka the vikings were on. How did that go again? The book “Pros and Cons,” a book about criminals in the NFL, has an entire chapter dedicated to the vikings. It came out before the Love Boat incident.

  21. Hornung, Sharper, Jolly, Guion, Gein, Dahmer, Quarless, Chumura ….. all packers, ALL FELONS ….!!!!!!!

    Guion and Sharper both played for the vikings, too. What number did Andrew Cunanan where for the purple?

  22. While it all serves for a good laugh, this is NOW!!!! Time to play football in the here and now boys! Don’t really care about the past right now, just care about the games today and next week! I want our Vikings to win out! AP is great and you all know it, so SHUT UP already!!!!!!!!!!! SKOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. There are no “Win Out” t-shirts.

    There are no “Beat the Giants” t-shirts.

    Just the Packers. It’s all they live for. Just once is all they ask for.

  24. h0metownzero says:
    Dec 27, 2015 10:14 AM
    There are no “Win Out” t-shirts.

    There are no “Beat the Giants” t-shirts.

    Just the Packers. It’s all they live for. Just once is all they ask for.
    ……….
    The Packers are a division rival. Its a bigger game, like it or not.

  25. ariani1985 says:
    Dec 25, 2015 8:46 PM
    Don’t forget little erin Rogers also left his pregnant girlfriend 5 years ago.
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    We remember. Has your wife gotten over it yet?

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