Rookie running back Adrian Peterson practiced on a limited basis and with a knee brace for the second consecutive day. Less than two weeks removed from a torn lateral collateral ligament, Peterson is unlikely to play Sunday, but he's quickly progressing.
The Vikings likely won't have Adrian Peterson
available for Sunday's game against the New York Giants
, but the rookie running back is making significant progress in his rehab from the torn right lateral collateral ligament he suffered on Nov. 11 against Green Bay.
Peterson was back on the practice field Thursday participating on a limited basis for the second consecutive day. From the outset, the Vikings medical staff has made it clear that a slight tear to the LCL is not a season-ending injury.
Peterson has been fitted with a brace for his right knee that he will wear for at least the remainder of the season. Coach Brad Childress on Monday called it a "long shot" that Peterson would play against the Giants but by Wednesday he had pulled back a bit.
"Nothing surprises me with what that kid does," Childress said, referring to Peterson's recovery. "To be back out here, again, I am always on the pessimistic side but I acquiesce to the medical side and that is the next step. That's the next step so I am not going to diminish any expectations."
Childress did say that Peterson will need to undergo another MRI exam before he is cleared to return.
Before his injury, Peterson had established himself as the best running back in the NFL this season. The seventh-round pick in last April's draft remains the only back with more than 1,000 yards rushing this season.
S Eric Frampton was limited in practice for a second day in a row because of a groin injury. He missed last Sunday's game against Oakland. Frampton had been contributing on special teams.
QB Tarvaris Jackson will get a second consecutive start on Sunday against the New York Giants as the Vikings continue to try to determine whether he is their quarterback of the future. Jackson certainly wasn't spectacular last weekend in a 29-22 victory over the Raiders, completing 17 of 22 passes for 171 yards with an interception and no touchdowns.
FB Tony Richardson did limited work in Thursday's practice after sitting out Wednesday because of an MCL injury suffered Sunday against Oakland. He likely will be listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Giants.
TE/FB Jeff Dugan likely will have to see time at fullback if Tony Richardson can't play Sunday. This will hurt the Vikings because Dugan also has been used at tight end and he could be valuable there helping right tackle Ryan Cook block against Giants defensive end Michael Strahan.
CB Antoine Winfield missed a second consecutive day of practice because of a strained hamstring that has kept him out of two of the past three games. Winfield started last Sunday against Oakland but only played the first half. There appears a good chance rookie Marcus McCauley will get the start at the left corner this weekend.