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Vikings Rule RB Adrian Peterson Out Vs. Falcons

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been ruled out of Sunday’s game because of a sprained left ankle.

The Vikings announced Saturday that Peterson had been downgraded on the injury report from doubtful to out and would not travel with the team to Atlanta to play the Falcons. This will be only the fourth game in Peterson’s five-year NFL career that he will miss.

Toby Gerhart will be the featured runner in Peterson’s place.

The Vikings also waived wide receiver Stephen Burton Saturday and signed tight end Allen Reisner from the practice squad with their top two tight ends hurting. Kyle Rudolph is doubtful because of a bruised quadriceps, and Visanthe Shiancoe is questionable due to a strained hamstring.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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