A mixed-bag of a day for Adrian Peterson today: He finished fifth in fan Pro Bowl balloting, and first among running backs. That’s the good. The bad is, he didn’t practice because the bruised thigh that kept him out of Monday night’s debacle is still too sore.
And how sore exactly is AD’s contused upper-leg? “Very, very sore,” said Leslie Frazier. Added the coach, “It makes it difficult to turn, twist and do the things that Adrian Peterson does.”
Obviously, if the Vikings are to have any chance of pulling off an upset against the Eagles this weekend, they will need Peterson on the field. Toby Gerhart is a decent workmanlike #2 back, but as we saw Monday night, he ain’t ripping off any big game-changing runs.
In case you’re curious, Peterson finished 5th in fan balloting behind Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers and Drew Brees. Aaron Rodgers finished sixth.
Update: Apparently there was a mistake in the original reporting on fan balloting, and Peterson actually finished sixth instead of fifth, with Michael Vick also ahead of him.
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