Adrian Peterson is on the mend. Four days after spraining his ankle, the running back says he is doing much better and expects to play Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.
Peterson was limping noticeably on Wedensday and did not take part in practice, but on Thursday he was able to participate in the team’s walkthrough. Peterson says he plans to rehab more today then practice on Friday and see how he feels. Even if he is not 100% by Sunday, Peterson says he should be able to go.
The question now is, even if Peterson is able to play, would it be better for the Vikings sit him anyway? Peterson is the most important guy on the team, for now and the future, and it would be a damn shame to see him hurt himself in a meaningless game. And it’s not like the Vikings necessarily need Peterson to beat Buffalo: the Bills have the worst run defense in the NFL, and the Vikings have in Toby Gerhart a back-up RB who has proven he can keep the offense churning.
Of course, Adrian also knows that the Bills have the worst run defense in the NFL – which is why he’s so eager to get back on the field. To him, a game at home against a bad defense is a chance to pad his stats. I think the Vikes should play him, but keep his carries down around 15. Stats are nice, but keeping your All-Pro running back healthy is even better.