Adrian Peterson is Out Against Detroit


Dec 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) talks on the sidelines during the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

There’s one more game left for the Vikings – tomorrow at noon against Detroit in case you stopped paying attention; and frankly I wouldn’t blame you if you had – but Adrian Peterson won’t be in it. The Vikes announced on Saturday that Peterson is officially out for the season finale, which also happens to be the finale for the Metrodome.

Matt Asiata will get the start with Toby Gerhart also on the shelf. Joe Banyard is your backup.

Adrian’s season ends on a rather sore, disappointing note. He ended up missing two of the last three games, and the one week he did play sandwiched in there between his two inactives, he wasn’t very productive and the team got blown out.

Adrian’s final stats for the 2013 look like this:

Yards rushing: 1266

TDs: 11 (10 rushing, 1 receiving)

Rush yards per carry: 4.5

The rushing total is the second-lowest of his career (he had only 970 in his injury-shortened 2011 season). The ten rushing TDs ties 2008 for his lowest career total. The 4.5 yards-per-carry is the second lowest total of his career (he had 4.4 in 2009; in 2012 he hit a career high at 6).

What does all this mean? It means Adrian had, for him, a subpar season. Injuries and offensive line issues contributed. It didn’t help having the quarterback situation get all messed up. Overall, a kind of forgettable season for Peterson and the Vikings. Let’s hope there are better things to come for Peterson and the team.

It can’t get much worse.

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