Adrian Peterson: No excuses, I felt good

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Vikings running back Adrian Peterson’s return to the lineup on Sunday didn’t have a Hollywood ending.

Peterson ran six times for 22 yards, fumbled on his longest run of the day and the Vikings were crushed 34-6 by the Colts in the running back’s first game since September knee surgery. Coach Mike Zimmer said Peterson “looked fine” outside of the fumble, which Peterson said was a “poor job” of ball security.

“I felt good — good enough to come out and play,” Peterson said, via the Pioneer Press. “There’s no excuses. … I feel like there were some things I could have done better. I’m sure the offensive line feels the same.”

Sunday’s loss makes missing the playoffs all but certain, something Peterson previously said would impact his decision to play. After Sunday’s loss, though, he said he plans on playing against the Packers on Christmas Eve.

36 responses to “Adrian Peterson: No excuses, I felt good

  1. Packers fans will still make a bad joke but it’s hard to dislike a guy that doesn’t make excuses. Hopefully he’ll continue to do the right thing and re-structure his contract.

  2. Felt good? Dude you were in late season form, fumbling at key times. Get rid of this guy and you can sign 2-3 O lineman for his price tag.

  3. I said right here last week when he was planning to possibly play…I said the Viking play better without him because Peterson is a me player not a team player..i been saying that for 2 years though to be fair…hes great for stats and making the OLINE feel good with all the yards he gets but in the end it does not add up to wins…

  4. This past off-season I said AP was done based on the second half of the 2015 season. Elite RBs can gain yards despite a bad O-line, and the O-line did not cause him to fumble. Trust me, every Packers fan I know is hoping he is back with the Vikings next year.

  5. skawh says:
    Dec 18, 2016 8:39 PM
    Manned up to attempt to help his team.
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    He played a football game, which most other players do when they are healthy. How is that “manning up”? He gets paid a lot to be on the field. He didn’t do anything more special than any other player did today.

    And for what he gets paid, you’d expect more than a sub-4 yard average and a fumble.

  6. He had one or two good plays and fumbled the ball. He’s back to his usual self. I guess that makes taking all that HGH worth it…

  7. Behind a line the Viking fans said was historically bad in Green Bay – a converted wide receiver avereaged more than 10 ypc yesterday for more than 160 yards.

    So why was AP not even comeing close to that?

  8. He’s not calling out the offensive line, he was saying the offensive line would probably agree that AD could have done better. That would be calling him out, if they agreed. Which I agree, he needs to not fumble and change momentum of the game.

  9. Typical response from a guy who thinks what he did to his son was not abuse. I’m sure that O-line was responsible for his fumble too.

  10. I was afraid when he came back they would go back to that old offense they had that revolved around a running back that can’t play anymore, and I was right. First drive of the game set the tone for the day. I’m not saying the Vikings win if Peterson doesn’t play, but I have no doubt it would have been a lot more competitive.

  11. Typical for AP, honestly. When’s the last time he was actually on the field and dominant? I don’t remember. Get rid of him and fix the OL…oh wait, you traded away the future to bring on Sam Bradford. Wow, that was a big swing-and-a-whiff. All Sam has done is made the decision to keep Teddy or Sam a tough one. IMO, they were a much better team with Teddy–but I think Sam is a better long-term choice. Have fun with that! Brand new stadium and not going to have a winning season for years now. WHOOOOOPS!

  12. This whole thing is just a microcosm of the Vikings season. Many fans seemed amped to have him back, and after the game they are bashing him. Much how they were amped heading into the bye week at 5 and 0, and now some people are calling to fire the coach.

  13. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Dec 19, 2016 9:07 AM
    I was afraid when he came back they would go back to that old offense they had that revolved around a running back that can’t play anymore, and I was right. First drive of the game set the tone for the day. I’m not saying the Vikings win if Peterson doesn’t play, but I have no doubt it would have been a lot more competitive.

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    I don’t know… AD averaged 1.8 ypc (non-fumble) behind a makeshift OL, that’s better than the 1.6 ypc he had when the OL was full strength.

  14. I feel like Vikings and Bills fans are kindred spirits. Each year we win the off season and we chirp about how great the next season is going to be. Each year there failures when it really counts. This year has to be especially painful for Viking fans. All that hope and promise, then Teddy goes down, then Sam to the rescue, a 5-0 start and terrific defense only to all be wiped out with injuries and killed by an epic choke against, of all teams, the Colts.

    I feel your pain.

    Here’s to the off season.

  15. When any player is out 10 or more games, what is a realistic expectation upon their return? 22 yards and a fumble is hardly a positive contribution but it seems only the delusion Viking fan (is there any other kind?) thought Peterson would make the difference.

  16. Wisconsin’s Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says:
    Dec 18, 2016 12:37 PM

    AD is back. Packers don’t like this at all. Or that the Packers have chased the Bears since the 1940’s where the Bears still lead series, 94-93-6.
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    Actually…… I do like it.

  17. as a packer fan, i can see that he meant the o-line would agree that he sucks. and people had the nevre to call this guy the greatest running back ever. lmao. overrated fumble machine.

  18. “Ladies and gentlemen, your 2016 NFL Comeback Player of the Year………

    ………….Jordy Nelson.”

  19. firerogergoodell says:
    Dec 18, 2016 8:44 PM
    Packers fans will still make a bad joke but it’s hard to dislike a guy that doesn’t make excuses. Hopefully he’ll continue to do the right thing and re-structure his contract.

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    What about disliking a child beater?

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