Vikings’ Peterson practices, questionable for game

Adrian Peterson is again proving his amazing recuperative

powers.

Peterson returned to practice Friday for the Minnesota Vikings

with a sprained right foot, but his status for Sunday’s game

against the Philadelphia Eagles is questionable.

Peterson practiced after being held out on Wednesday and

Thursday. The league’s second-leading rusher with 1,221 yards spent

the earlier part of the week in a walking boot and was restricted

to work in a pool before Friday.

”Like our medical people mentioned to me on Monday, he’s so

different than everybody else when it comes to recovering from

injuries,” Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier said. ”We’ve been in

situations in the past where you thought he wouldn’t make it and

then he made it. It was always in the back of my mind there was a

chance he’d make it. He’s amazing.”

Frazier and Peterson wouldn’t say for sure if the MVP running

back would play Sunday, but both appeared optimistic after his work

in practice on Friday.

”I feel pretty confident,” Peterson said. ”I feel pretty

good. I’m excited I feel the way I do, based off the injury and the

time I’ve had to kind of rejuvenate that body and rehab the foot to

get the strength back.”

Frazier said the decision could be taken all the way up until

game-time. Peterson’s backup, Toby Gerhart, is dealing with a

hamstring injury and is questionable for the Vikings (3-9-1),

too.

”We didn’t really burst with him,” Frazier said of Gerhart.

”But everything he did stride-wise was good, did a good job

cutting, did all the things you’d want to see with the exception of

the burst. That will be the next step.”

Peterson said he’s not concerned about the groin injury he’s

played through for the past month and has given no thought to

sitting out even with Minnesota officially eliminated from the

playoffs.

”That’s just not my mentality, leaving these guys out to dry,

just because, what the heck, my passion for the game,” Peterson

said. ”I love the game too much to sit out just because. If I’m

out, you’re going to know that he can’t go.”

The Vikings listed tight end John Carlson (concussion) and

cornerback Josh Robinson (fractured sternum) out for Sunday’s game.

Right guard Brandon Fusco (knee) is doubtful.

The depth at cornerback is precarious, with rookie Xavier Rhodes

(sprained ankle) listed as doubtful and Chris Cook (knee) showing

up on the injury report for the first time on Friday. Cook was

listed as limited and is questionable for Sunday.

”We’ve been thin there for a while,” Frazier said. ”Xavier’s

really been playing well for us. That will be a loss, but that

gives some other guys opportunity to step up and play more, and

we’re going to need them to play well. They’ve got some good

receivers that are playing really well for them and their

quarterback is playing well also. So, gives some other guys some

opportunities.”