Superstars on the sidelines

The Vikings could be without the services of their star running back, just like another 0-2 team with a superstar running back that had big expectations entering the season.

Few teams have as many striking similarities through two games as the Vikings and the San Diego Chargers. Both teams are 0-2. Both teams have had chances to win games in the fourth quarter, only to lose twice. Both teams are at home this week looking to avoid going 0-3. And both teams have a superstar running back being listed as a "game-time decision."

The Vikings delivered the bad news Friday that Adrian Peterson, who injured his hamstring during last week's loss to Indianapolis, was still limited in practice as of Friday and is being tabbed with the "questionable" designation for Sunday's game – the same tag Chargers start LaDainian Tomlinson has for Monday night's game. Under the league's refined injury reporting policy, being questionable means he has about a 50-50 chance of playing.

Peterson leads the NFL with 263 yards rushing, but it hasn't translated into wins for the Vikings. Unlike last season, when A.D. and Chester Taylor essentially had a time share early on, Peterson has dominated the percentage of carries – having 48 carries as opposed to just 10 by Taylor.

If the Vikings are going to beat Carolina and potentially salvage their season, it will have to hit on most if not all cylinders Sunday. If that means Taylor needs to step up to take on a bigger role in the offense, so be it. But if Peterson isn't at 100 percent, it can't help the Vikings much. With the season on the line, having stars on the sideline isn't what you look for – much less your franchise player.

SATURDAY NOTES

  • As expected, the Vikings were able to sell the remaining 1.400 tickets for Sunday's game to avoid a blackout. The team was granted an extension from the noon Thursday deadline to 2 p.m. Friday. The announcement was made shortly after noon Friday that the tickets had been sold, so the game will be broadcast locally.

  • Sidney Rice is also listed as questionable with a knee problem on the injury report. Bernard Berrian (toe) and Aundrae Allison (foot) are both listed as probable.

  • The Panthers announced that guard Travelle Wharton (knee) won't play Sunday with a strained MCL in his right knee. Other players listed as questionable but took part in practice on a limited basis Friday include DE Taylor Brayton (ankle), LB Na'il Diggs (shoulder), CB Chris Gamble (arm), DT Maake Kemoeatu (illness) and CB Richard Marshall (thigh). Return specialist Ryne Robinson is listed as doubtful with a knee injury.

  • Gus Frerotte was a guest on the "Mike and Mike In the Morning" radio show on ESPN Radio Friday morning.

  • The NFL has been handing out a ton of fines to players for unsportsmanlike hits, but one player thought to be on that list – former Viking and current Seahawk safety Brian Russell – was spared for a hit on fellow former Viking and current 49ers starting QB J.T. O'Sullivan.

  • O'Sullivan may be making friends among 49ers fans, but he isn't exactly endearing himself to the media. He has had a propensity of answering questions with a question when interviewed in group settings – much to the dismay of Bay Area reporters.

  • A day after he was lopped from the practice squad, the Buccaneers re-signed CB Brandon Sumrall, who spent training camp this year with the Vikings.

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