Another week of injuries and illnesses left Leslie Frazier and his staff with some tough decisions going into today’s game with the Bills.
The toughest was whether Adrian Peterson could play coming off the sprained ankle he suffered against the Redskins. Peterson missed practice early in the week, but was able to get back into the swing of things by Friday. He was seen on the Metrodome turf during warm-ups this morning, and apparently there was a big on-field conference among the brain trust over Peterson’s status. In the end, it was decided that Peterson should play.
The news is not so good for two other Vikings Pro Bowlers, Percy Harvin and Steve Hutchinson. After experiencing a severe migraine this week, Harvin is being held out. Hutchinson will also sit, after suffering a broken thumb. This breaks a streak of 131 consecutive games played for Hutch. Chris DeGeare is expected to start in his place. Yes, I said Chris DeGeare.
Oh, and with all the injuries at wide receiver – Harvin, Greg Lewis and Hank Baskett are all inactive – Joe Webb is going to be activated for the first time all year. As we remember, Webb was drafted to be a wide receiver, but was switched back to his college position of quarterback during training camp. Webb said earlier in the week that he could “run routes” if needed.
Overall, the Vikings will not be going into this game at anywhere near full-strength on the offensive side. Look for another grinding, run-oriented attack.