Adrian Peterson is supposed to get out of his walking boot today and test his ankle tomorrow, but given his condition in the locker room Sunday he doesn't seem likely to play.
A moment happened after the Vikings-Raiders game Sunday that may well prove telling. It went largely unnoticed, even by the throng of reporters and television cameras that were waiting for Adrian Peterson
to speak to the media.
While Peterson admitted he was in pain and that shutting down for two or three weeks "isn't in my DNA," his actions may well have spoke louder than his words.
As a form explanation, the locker room (at the Metrodome anyway) is a crowded mess after a game – a collection of players, bags with jerseys and pads strewn throughout the mix, folding chairs in front of lockers and about 100 people dancing through the mine field. It's controlled chaos. Players emerge from the showers and, in most cases, reporters respect the privacy of the players to allow them to get dressed before they start firing off questions. As everyone waited, Peterson went through the custom of putting on his pants.
His injured left leg went into his pants normally, as he balanced on his right leg to put them on as is customary. But, when it came to putting on the right pants leg, it was more complicated. Peterson sat down in the chair in front of his locker, having to clear off some articles that were on the chair that weren't his, to finish the job of putting on his pants.
He kept a brave face, but his dressing habits said more than he did in his six-minute conversation with the local media after Sunday's game. Unless Peterson has a Favre-like commitment to forcing himself onto the field, don't expect to see No. 28 on the field Sunday … or perhaps the week after that.
THANKSGIVING DAY NOTES
Peterson was one of four Vikings who didn't participate in Wednesday's practice. The others were tight ends Visanthe Shiancoe (hamstring) and Kyle Rudolph (quad) and safety Husain Abdullah, who remains sidelined with a concussion.
Anthony Herrera returned to practice Wednesday after missing three weeks with a knee injury. He was limited in practice, but having him on the practice field is a positive sign that he may return Sunday.
Percy Harvin (ribs) and Christian Ponder (knee) were both limited Wednesday, but both are expected to play Sunday.
Offensive tackle Charlie Johnson fully participated in practice, but was listed in the injury report with a strained Achilles tendon. That is an injury that will bear monitoring, because an Achilles strain can become an Achilles tear at the left tackle position.
Falcons rookie wide receiver Julio Jones, who made Vikings WR Michael Jenkins expendable, missed practice Wednesday, but head coach Mike Smith said the team is optimistic he will return to practice today and play Sunday.
Six Falcons, including Jones, DE John Abraham, TE Tony Gonzalez and CBs Brent Grimes and Kelvin Hayden, missed practice Wednesday.
The first of two scheduled State Senate hearings on the Vikings stadium proposal will be heard next Tuesday at the Capitol in St. Paul.
In the highly popular annual Minnesota tradition, Twin Cities columnist/radio host Patrick Reusse released his 33rd Annual Turkey of the Year "honoree" today – selecting Vikings owner Zygi Wilf as this year's recipient.
This year's slate of Thanksgiving Day games is arguably the best in years. With the unbeaten Packers coming to town, there is more buzz surrounding this game than there has ever been and Ford Field will be as electric (to start) as it has been since it was built (and the Lions were playing). The Miami-Dallas game looked like a big mid-afternoon clunker until both teams have caught fire and are on winning streaks. The evening matchup of 9-1 San Francisco and 7-3 Baltimore is arguably the best game of the year to date. As if the NFL needed any more validation as the pre-eminent professional sport, the gods are smiling on them with these matchups, which were far from a slam dunk when the season began.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.