Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson sits again, expected to be ‘fine’

Adrian Peterson missed a second straight day of practice, but head coach Mike Zimmer said the Minnesota Vikings running back will be “fine.”

Star running back Adrian Peterson didn’t practice for a second straight day with hip, finger and ankle injuries, but Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said Peterson will be “fine.”

“He’s got some nicks. He’ll be alright. He’ll be fine,” Zimmer said.

Peterson said some of the hits he took Sunday against the Detroit Lions “resonated” with him and Zimmer acknowledged the fine balance the coaching staff has to have with getting Peterson his carries but trying to limit how many hits he takes as the season progresses toward the midway point.

“We don’t want him to take on as many hits, but we want him to run the ball so there’s a fine mixture there that we’ve got to look at,” Zimmer said.

Peterson said it’s “part of the business.”

“Your body gets beat up and you need days like yesterday to kind of relax and recover and let your body rejuvenate, let it rest,” Peterson said Thursday before taking that day off from practice, too.

Receiver Jarius Wright returned to practice Thursday as a full participant. He didn’t practice on Wednesday while still going through the concussion protocol, but should be good for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears.

The Vikings were also without DT Sharrif Floyd (knee/ankle), DE Justin Trattou (foot) and TE Rhett Ellison (concussion). Ellison was limited on Wednesday but didn’t practice Thursday.

Here is the full injury report for Thursday:


Player # Pos. Injury 28-Oct 29-Oct
Jarius Wright 17 WR Concussion Did Not Part. Full Part.
Audie Cole 57 LB Finger Did Not Part. Limited Part.
Sharrif Floyd 73 DT Knee/Ankle Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Justin Trattou 94 DE Foot Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Adrian Peterson 28 RB Hip/Finger/ Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Zach Line 48 FB Neck Limited Part. Full Part.
Adam Thielen 19 WR Ankle Limited Part. Full Part.
Rhett Ellison 85 TE Concussion Limited Part. Did Not Part.
Tom Johnson 92 DT Knee Full Part. Full Part.


Player # Pos. Injury 28-Oct 29-Oct
Bruce Gaston 76 DL Illness Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Shea McClellin 50 LB Knee Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Jermon Bushrod 74 T Shoulder Limited Part. Limited Part.
Hroniss Grasu 55 C Neck Limited Part. Did Not Part.
Patrick Omameh 65 G/T Ankle Limited Part. Limited Part.
Antrel Rolle 26 S Ankle Limited Part. Limited Part.
Matt Slauson 68 G Knee/Shoulder Limited Part. Limited Part.

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