EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said after Sunday’s game that he gave no thought to not starting running back Adrian Peterson, but Frazier was disappointed in the league’s leading rusher for showing up late to Soldier Field for Sunday’s 28-10 loss to the Chicago Bears.
Peterson arrived prior to kickoff but wasn’t on a team bus from the hotel. Peterson reportedly took a cab about two hours before the noon CT start and was late for the two-hour advance arrival time set down by Frazier.
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“Well, any time one of your leaders is not where he’s supposed to be, it’s not good,” Frazier said Monday. “I mean, I talk to our team all the time about being where you’re supposed to be and being where you’re supposed to be on time. So, it’s a big deal.”
Frazier said he had spoken with Peterson and declined to get into the specifics of the situation. Peterson still got the start and finished with his fifth straight 100-yard rushing game, tallying 108 yards on 18 carries in a 28-10 loss.
Frazier said the issue hasn’t been a recurring one for Peterson.
“We have talked about it, and hopefully it will never happen again,” Frazier said. “I can’t see why it would. I hope it never happens again.”
Frazier said he noticed Peterson’s absence on the bus immediately.
“I knew when we left,” Frazier said. “He’s Adrian Peterson, so I knew if he’s on or not on.”