The Minnesota Vikings' biggest playmakers were missing from the practice field Wednesday because of injuries. Included among them were the reigning NFL MVP (Adrian Peterson), their most experienced pass-catcher (Greg Jennings), and last year's Pro Bowl MVP (Kyle Rudolph).
For an offense that was already struggling – ranking 26th overall and 25th in the passing game – the Vikings can hardly afford many more injuries on either side of the ball.
Peterson played Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks but admitted after the game that he wasn't 100 percent and didn't have his same burst because of a groin injury.
"Actually, it was bothering me a lot," Peterson said after Sunday's loss. "Playing in that first half, oh man, I knew if I was able to explode the way I normally do, I could have got some big chunks, even took it to the house. But that second half, I tried to get it to loosen up for me, but we couldn't create a drive."
On Wednesday, Peterson said he was taking things day by day, but after missing the Thursday and Friday's practices, he wasn't on the field again Wednesday.
"There were a couple of moments where he was so close to breaking it and just couldn't – couldn't get that one key ingredient to get it going," Frazier said after the game, admitting that Peterson isn't 100 percent.
Peterson finished with 21 rushes for 65 yards, but his long run in the first half was only 7 yards.
Jennings missed practice Wednesday because of an Achilles tendon injury that caused him to also miss his first game since signing with the Vikings in March. He was listed as probable on the injury report last Friday but was a surprise deactivation when he woke up with soreness in the area Sunday morning.
Rudolph isn't expected back until next month after fracturing his foot on Nov. 3.
They could also be missing their staring center, John Sullivan, who suffered a concussion in the second half of Sunday's game and didn't play the final 21 snaps. He hasn't passed the NFL's post-concussion testing yet and can't practice until that happens.
On defense, the Viking are expected to be without CB Josh Robinson for at least four weeks because of a fractured sternum. Rookie Xavier Rhodes was taking his place in practice.
Middle linebacker Erin Henderson was also missing Wednesday, but his absence wasn't injury-related.
PACKERS INJURY REPORT
The Packers had seven players that didn't practice, including Aaron Rodgers (collarbone). Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy announced on Monday that former practice squad quarterback Scott Tolzien would take Rodgers' spot.
"I think you've just got to be yourself. We're so lucky to have Aaron as our quarterback. All of us want him playing," Tolzien said. "But at the same time, you don't make excuses. It's what we have in the locker room and you make the most of it, plain and simple, and you go from there.
"I think no question there's a sense of urgency. But you still try to stay within yourself and let the game come to you. I think you want to press in your preparation, but you don't want to press on the field, if that makes any sense."
Most of the other big names missing practice for the Packers were on defense: CB Casey Hayward (hamstring), DT Johnny Jolly (groin), CB James Nixon (knee), LB Nick Perry (foot/ankle), and CB Sam Shields (hamstring).
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