Adrian Peterson continues his rehabilitation from a torn lateral collateral ligament, but the Vikings believe he is a longshot to return to the lineup Sunday, according to head coach Brad Childress.
Vikings coach Brad Childress said it's a "long shot" that running back Adrian Peterson
will be able to play Sunday against the Giants, despite the fact the rookie is progressing after suffering a slightly torn lateral collateral ligament in his right knee on Nov. 11 against the Green Bay Packers
Peterson was set to run on an underwater treadmill on Monday and if everything went according to plan, he could be running on land by Wednesday.
But the Vikings have little interest in trying to bring back Peterson too quickly and there is no need to do that given the fact veteran Chester Taylor
is coming off a standout game in the Vikings' 29-22 victory over Oakland on Sunday.
Taylor rushed for a season-high 164 yards on 22 carries with a career-high three touchdowns. It was his first 100-yard game of the season.
Asked if he would consider Peterson's status for Sunday up until game time, Childress said: "You have to get back and get your timing. To be able to get back and practice, you've got to be able to do the things it takes to practice, so no, I would say it's a long shot right now to get back there, but we'll see. He's surprised me before."
A realistic expectation is that the earliest Peterson will return is Dec. 2 when the Vikings play host to the Detroit Lions
. "He is working at it literally six to eight hours a day, whether it is on the elliptical or these machines that they have in there," Childress said.
Coordinator Leslie Frazier was pleased that the Vikings' run defense rebounded Sunday after a sub-par showing the week before, but he still wasn't pleased that Minnesota gave up 311 net yards passing to Oakland. "We're giving up some cheap, cheap plays in the pass game," Frazier said. "We've got what, six games left? We've still got to fix that. We have to get a balance, which was the goal coming in here. We've got to get that passing yardage down."
Linebacker Chad Greenway on the fact he has four fumble recoveries this season. "I have never had a fumble recovery in my career up until this year at any level," he said. "Now I have got four this year. I guess it is just the luck of the draw. I guess the ball is squirting my way."
Running back Adrian Peterson on having to watch Sunday's game because of a slightly torn ligament in his right knee. "It was definitely hard," he said. "I am a competitor. I want to be out there. It's just unfortunate right now, but I've got faith in my guys out there that they're going to get the job done also. So it kind of takes the pain away a little bit."
CB Antoine Winfield was "no worse" on Monday, according to coach Brad Childress, despite sitting out the second half of Sunday's game because of a sore hamstring. Winfield had missed the previous two games and Childress did not want to take any chances.
FB Tony Richardson suffered an MCL sprain against the Raiders and his status for next Sunday's game against the New York Giants is unclear at this point. Richardson has dealt with a similar injury previously in his career.
WR Sidney Rice played Sunday after missing a game because of a hamstring strain. Childress also revealed that Rice has a sprained wrist. None of this stopped Rice from completing two passes and catching two others in the Vikings' victory over Oakland.
DE Brian Robison continues to battle a hyper-extended elbow. He was able to play Sunday against the Raiders and recorded one of the Vikings' four sacks.