Mike Zimmer on Adrian Peterson: ‘It’s playoffs; he’s ready’

Adrian Peterson wasn’t practicing Thursday, but he and Mike Zimmer say he’ll play.

Adrian Peterson said on Sunday night his lower back injury wouldn’t keep him from playing in the wild card round of the playoffs. Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer echoed that sentiment on Thursday.

“It’s playoffs. He’s ready,” Zimmer said when asked if Peterson’s usage will have to be monitored differently because of how tricky lower back injuries can be. “He’ll be fine. He’s feeling much, much better.”

Peterson didn’t practice on Wednesday or Thursday, but he also didn’t practice on Wednesday and Thursday last week because of shoulder and ankle injuries and still played Sunday night against the Green Bay Packers.

He was listed on this week’s injury report with only a low back injury, suffered against the Packers, as his shoulder and ankle issues have apparently been rendered inconsequential this week.

“I’m good, feeling good,” Peterson said Thursday, despite sitting out practice. “I was able to rest the body today and I’ll be ready to roll on Sunday.”

Peterson experienced his first full season in Norv Turner’s offense and captured the third NFL rushing title of his career with 1,485 yards.

“I think he’s exceeded expectations. I don’t think we’ve exceeded my expectations,” Zimmer said. “I think we could have done better offensively. … I think he’s been able to give us what’s been there.”

Despite his success, the Vikings have the 29th-ranked offense and the 31st-ranked passing game when measured by yards gained.

“We’re not as explosive as we’d like. I’d like us to be more explosive,” Zimmer said. “We’ve really had to manage things over there.”


Defensively, the Vikings are expected to be at full strength. Linval Joseph is back practicing after a toe injury kept him out of four of the last five games. Zimmer said earlier this week that the toe swelled up after Joseph played against the New York Giants on Dec. 27 and he didn’t play Sunday night against the Packers.

However, it didn’t have that reaction after Wednesday’s practice.

“No, I think he’ll be good to go,” Zimmer said.

Backup defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis continued to sit out on Thursday with an ankle injury, but fullback Zach Line returned to practice after missing Wednesday with illness that he said was food poisoning.


Player # Pos. Injury 6-Jan 7-Jan
Adrian Peterson 28 RB Low Back Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Kenrick Ellis 72 DT Ankle Did Not Part. Did Not Part.
Zach Line 48 FB Illness Did Not Part. ----------------
Linval Joseph 98 DT Foot Limited Part. Limited Part.
Everson Griffen 97 DE Shoulder Limited Part. Limited Part.


Player # Pos. Injury 6-Jan 7-Jan
Tyler Lockett 16 WR Hip Did Not Part. Full Part.
Michael Bennett 72 DE Toe Did Not Part. Full Part.
Russell Okung 76 T Calf Limited Part. Full Part.
JR Sweezy 64 G Concussion Limited Part. Full Part.
Luke Wilson 82 TE Concussion Limited Part. Did Not Part.
Jeremy Lane 20 CB Oblique Limited Part. Full Part.
Jordan Hill 97 DT Toe Limited Part. Full Part.
Marshawn Lynch 24 RB Abdomen Full Part. Full Part.

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