Dec 1, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) dives during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Bears 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Adrian Peterson will miss his first game in two years Sunday after being declared inactive by the Vikings. Peterson suffered a mid-foot sprain last weekend against Baltimore and was in a walking boot for much of the week. The running back was not officially ruled out until just hours before kickoff against the Eagles.
The Vikings are thin at running back with backup Toby Gerhart also out as the result of a bad hamstring. This means a promotion for #3 RB Matt Asiata who will be backed up by former practice squad player Joe Banyard.
The Vikings rely heavily on the run, so losing their top two backs is kind of a big deal. Matt Cassel will be called upon to pick up the slack with his passing. Cassel has developed nice rapport with Greg Jennings in his handful of starts this season.
The Vikings are also in trouble at tight end with starters Kyle Rudolph and John Carlson both on the shelf. Chase Ford is the next man up for the Vikings at that position.
Starting cornerbacks Xavier Rhodes and Chris Cook have also been ruled out for the Vikings. Robert Blanton, Shaun Prater and Marcus Sherels will be your top 3 corners against Philadelphia.