After missing last week and the two most recent practices this week, the storyline of Adrian Peterson already having played his last game of the season appears closer to reality.
Of course, there is the larger question of whether he has already played the last game of his Vikings career, but for now it seems the team is prepared to play the regular-season finale on Sunday without Peterson suited up.
“Not necessarily,” said head coach Mike Zimmer, who likes to try to keep everyone guessing when it comes to injuries.
Still, Peterson hasn’t practiced since before the Dec. 18 game against the Indianapolis Colts, which was his first game back in three months after suffering a knee injury on Sept. 18. Despite playing only 12 snaps against the Colts, Peterson added a groin injury to his list of obstacles.
Zimmer, of course, gave no indications if he thought Peterson would practice on Friday, but the running back did not hold his usual Thursday press conference that is usually a tradition when he is going to play.
In addition, the Vikings remained without leading receiver Stefon Diggs (hip), perhaps their best offensive lineman in Alex Boone (lower back) and rookie receiver Laquon Treadwell (ankle) – all of them haven’t practiced this week yet.
Starting safety Andrew Sendejo, who wasn’t on the injury report on Wednesday, also wasn’t at practice on Thursday with the Chicago Bears game coming on Sunday because of a knee injury. He was a full participant on Wednesday, so knee injury is something that is new.
|Alex Boone||76||G||Low Back||Did Not Part.||Did Not Part.|
|Stefon Diggs||14||WR||Hip||Did Not Part.||Did Not Part.|
|Adrian Peterson||28||RB||Knee/Groin||Did Not Part.||Did Not Part.|
|Laquon Treadwell||11||WR||Ankle||Did Not Part.||Did Not Part.|
|Charles Johnson||12||WR||Knee||Limited Part.||Limited Part.|
|Joe Berger||61||C||Elbow||Limited Part.||Full Part.|
|Harrison Smith||22||S||Ankle||Limited Part.||Limited Part.|
|Zach Line||48||FB||Concussion||Limited Part.||Limited Part.|
|Brandon Fusco||63||G||Concussion||Limited Part.||Limited Part.|
|Andrew Sendejo||34||S||Knee||-------------||Did Not Part.|
|Deon Bush||26||DB||Ankle||Did Not Part.||Did Not Part.|
|Leonard Floyd||94||LB||Concussion||Did Not Part.||Did Not Part.|
|Pernell McPhee||92||LB||Shoulder||Did Not Part.||Did Not Part.|
|Tracy Porter||21||DB||Knee/Shoulder||Did Not Part.||Limited Part.|
|Willie Young||97||LB||Knee||Did Not Part.||Did Not Part.|
|Daniel Brown||85||TE||Shoulder||Limited Part.||Full Part.|
|Bryce Callahan||37||DB||Hamstring/Knee||Limited Part.||Limited Part.|
|David Fales||9||QB||Knee||Limited Part.||Limited Part.|
|Eric Kush||64||G||Shoulder||Limited Part.||Full Part.|
|Cre’Von LeBlanc||22||DB||Calf||Limited Part.||Limited Part.|
|Bobby Massie||70||T||Toe||Limited Part.||Limited Part.|
|Bralon Addison||45||RB||Illness||---------||Did Not Part.|
|Alshon Jeffery||17||WR||Illness||---------||Did Not Part.|