Peterson on back injury: ‘Mind over matter’

Adrian Peterson returned to the game after a back injury and says he’s playing in the playoff opener.

Adrian Peterson wasn’t looking forward to getting up on Monday morning after suffering a back injury against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, but he vows he’ll play next Sunday in the opening round of the playoffs.

Peterson suffered the lower back injury in the second half of the Minnesota Vikings’ 20-13 win over the Packers and heading to the locker room for X-rays that were negative.

“It’s a little tight, but I’ll be OK. I just got an X-ray done,” he said in the locker room after the game, when he stood up slowly to address reporters. “That was the most important thing, making sure nothing was wrong with the spine.”

Peterson ended up returning to the game for the Vikings’ final series, rushing two more times for 7 yards, finishing the game with 67 yards on 19 carries and ending the season with 1,485 yards for his third NFL rushing title.

He said the injury was similar to back spasms.

“I jumped up on that last play and I don’t know if I got twisted up wrong. I don’t know,” he said. “I just remember getting up and my lower back around the spine area was – I don’t know if you can understand where I’m coming from – it was about to catch. It was spasming a little bit and it felt like if I tried to run it was going to really catch and grab. I kind of came out high-kneeing, just trying to keep it loose. I tried to work it out and it just really wouldn’t get loose.”

The Vikings face a physical Seattle Seahawks defense in the first round of the playoffs at noon Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium. In their Dec. 6 meeting with Seattle in Minnesota, the Seahawks held Peterson to 18 yards on eight carries in a 38-7 loss for the Vikings.

“I’ll be ready to roll. You seen I came back out and scratched,” he said. “It’s going to be mind over matter and I know by Sunday that my back will be a lot better. I don’t care what percent I’m at, I’ll be out there playing.”

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