Pro Bowlers Adrian Peterson and Steve Hutchinson and starting defensive end Ray Edwards are all facing injury concerns as the Vikings begin preparation for the Buffalo Bills Sunday.
The Vikings head into Sunday's meeting with the Buffalo Bills with more questions than answers as three key injuries could have both sides of the ball being threatened.
The biggest and most obvious injury is to Adrian Peterson
, who left Sunday's game against the Redskins in the second quarter and, despite thoughts that he would return, he remained sidelined. On Monday, interim head coach Leslie Frazier said results on Peterson's MRI were not complete and his status remains unclear for Sunday.
That news could be devastating to the Vikings offense, since Frazier has made it clear that the Vikings offense was going to through A.D. While Toby Gerhart
did a solid job in relief of Peterson last week, it is less than the ideal situation for an offense that has failed to generate points on a consistent basis.
However, Peterson isn't alone in the MRI department. Steve Hutchinson
suffered a thumb injury in the second quarter that also got the MRI treatment Monday, making his status unclear. DE Ray Edwards
also suffered an ankle sprain. If it is a high ankle sprain, his availability will be in question Sunday and he would be replaced by Brian Robison
We likely won't know what the extent of the injuries will be until Wednesday's practice, but the signs point to the Vikings at least being hampered by these injuries as they prepare for the Bills Sunday.
If the playoffs were to begin today, neither the Packers nor the Colts would be in.
Despite a strong game Sunday, Toby Gerhart wasn't one of the five finalists for the NFL's Rookie of the Week Award.
Buffalo wide receiver Stevie Johnson caused the latest Twitter furor, actually blaming God for his dropped pass Sunday. In his tweet, Johnson said, "I praise you 24/7!!!!! And this is how you do me!!!!! You expect me to learn from this??? How???!!! I'll never forget this!! Ever!!! Thx tho." As Johnson's shirt said underneath his jersey in the Buffalo-Cincinnati game, "why so serious?" – or should that be "why so serious??????" in Johnson's case.
Tarvaris Jackson, Sidney Rice and E.J. Henderson will be among the players participating in a "Play 60" clinic today from 3 to 4 p.m. at St. Joseph's Home for Children in Minneapolis. About 50 kids will be led through drills headed up by the Vikings players. The NFL's Play 60 program is designed to fight childhood obesity and increase general health, promoting that kids remain active 60 minutes each day.