No. 1 QB Matt Cassel and his rookie competitor Teddy Bridgewater are both expected to see action Friday night when the Vikings open up their preseason schedule against the Oakland Raiders, but neither quarterback will be handing off to Adrian Peterson. In a move everyone was expecting, the Vikings have announced that Peterson will be shut down for the first preseason game.
There’s been talk that Peterson might be held out of the entire preseason, but Adrian himself left the door open a crack on his possibly getting a snap or two along the way just to get his feet wet (via the Star Trib):
“Of course with the new offense, you might want to get out there and get a couple plays in but that’ll be something that I’ll sit down with Zimmer and talk about to discuss,” Peterson said. “…Once you know the offense, you pretty much know the offense. You go out there and run full speed in the regular season. That’s pretty much what we’re doing here.”
Peterson is completely healthy this training camp after undergoing offseason surgery to repair a groin injury. Matt Asiata is expected to get the start in Peterson’s place, but we should also see plenty of rookie RB Jerick McKinnon.