Peterson left last Sunday night’s game with a back injury and returned for the team’s final drive, but, despite moving gingerly in the locker room after that game and after X-rays on his lower back were negative, Peterson said he would play in the wild card playoff game this weekend no matter what percent of health he has.
Head coach Mike Zimmer has been saying the entire week that Peterson will be fine and would play. On Thursday, Peterson said he is “ready to roll.”
His full participation in Friday’s practice backed up the confidence of both men.
Peterson was also named a unanimous first-team Associated Press All-Pro on Friday.
“He’s a great back, everything we expected him to be coming back,” Zimmer said when asked about Peterson being named a first-team All-Pro. “There’s no surprises.”
Cordarrelle Patterson was named a second-team All-Pro as a kick returner.
The only player that didn’t practice on Friday was defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis, who was ruled out for Sunday’s game. With the return of starting nose tackle Linval Joseph, Ellis likely would have had a limited role Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks anyway.
Joseph and Everson Griffen were also listed as probable, in addition to Peterson. By definition that means they are a “virtual certainty” to play. All three were full participants in Friday’s outdoor practice in snow flurries.
“The weather hasn’t been bad, the grass has been great. It’s nice to get out off the field turf. It’s been good,” Zimmer said of practicing outdoors all week.
“I think when it gets down to 1 degree and the things that they’re saying it’s going to be (on Sunday), you’ve just got to go out and play. The field will be in great shape, they’ve got it heated on the coils underneath, so it’ll be great. We’ve just got to go play.”
Despite having him practice all week, the Seattle Seahawks initially listed running back Marshawn Lynch as questionable but then changed his status to out late Friday, while tight Luke Willson was declared out as well.
“He’s a pretty good vertical threat at the tight end and he does a good job in blocking, the boots, those kind of things,” Zimmer said of Willson. “They can put another offensive lineman in there. They’ve done that before, so we’ll just to have to see.”
|Adrian Peterson||28||RB||Low Back||Did Not Part.||Did Not Part.||Full Part.|
|Kenrick Ellis||72||DT||Ankle||Did Not Part.||Did Not Part.||Did Not Part.|
|Zach Line||48||FB||Illness||Did Not Part.||----------------||----------------|
|Linval Joseph||98||DT||Foot||Limited Part.||Limited Part.||Full Part.|
|Everson Griffen||97||DE||Shoulder||Limited Part.||Limited Part.||Full Part.|
|Adam Thielen||19||WR||Shoulder/ Low Back||Full Part.||Full Part.||Full Part.|
Friday Injury Report
|Tyler Lockett||16||WR||Hip||Did Not Part.||Full Part.||Full Part.|
|Michael Bennett||72||DE||Toe||Did Not Part.||Full Part.||Full Part.|
|Russell Okung||76||T||Calf||Limited Part.||Full Part.||Full Part.|
|JR Sweezy||64||G||Concussion||Limited Part.||Full Part.||Full Part.|
|Luke Willson||82||TE||Concussion||Limited Part.||Did Not Part.||Did Not Part.|
|Jeremy Lane||20||CB||Oblique||Limited Part.||Full Part.||Full Part.|
|Jordan Hill||97||DT||Toe||Limited Part.||Full Part.||Full Part.|
|Marshawn Lynch||24||RB||Abdomen||Full Part.||Full Part.||Full Part.|
|Kam Chancellor||31||S||Pelvis||Full Part.||Full Part.||Full Part.|
Friday Injury Report
Out-L. Willson, Lynch