By Joseph Gunther
Adrian Peterson is battling a sore groin. He said after Sunday’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks that it bothered him, but even if head coach Leslie Frazier and head trainer Eric Sugarman asked him to miss a game to heal, Peterson wouldn’t do it.
“I’d look at them crazy,” Peterson said. “I’d be like, ‘Well, I know my body and I’m not going to do anything to hurt myself. Just trust me.”
Despite having a 2-8 record and are four games out of a playoff spot, the Minnesota Vikings could make the playoffs with a .500 record. Whether or not realistic, Peterson believes it could happen.
“To be honest with you, in my eyes, I don’t know how you all think, but I still think we’ve got a chance,” Peterson said. “Call me crazy, but I still feel like we have an opportunity. That’s the way I’m going to approach this week and the rest of the season.”
Peterson was asked why he believes the team can go on the run and make the postseason.
“The guys that are in this locker room,” Peterson said. “I feel like I believe in every guy in here and I believe in Christian (Ponder). I believe that he can turn it on and get into a run. I have faith in the guys in this locker room. When I look in these guys’ eyes, when I’m on the field with them, they’re playing their hearts out. They’re out there competing. I don’t see guys quitting. I probably wouldn’t have that sense if I looked around the locker room or when we played and seen guys not out there competing or guys giving up. That’s not what I see. So, with that, you still have a chance. I choose to focus on that opportunity and that chance that we have and believing in these guys in the locker room and really don’t care what everyone else on the outside thinks about it.”
Since going on the injury report with a groin injury, Peterson ran for less than four yards per carry and 80 yards in either game.
“The groin has been bothering him,” Frazier said. “We’ll see what we need to do this week. Is he able to practice (Thursday), or do we hold him back until Friday?”
The Vikings also hope to have starting wide receiver Greg Jennings on the field in his first game at Lambeau Field as a visitor. He missed last week’s loss to the Seahawks with an achilles injury.
“Oh, I’m going,” Jennings said. “Unless the Lord does something different, has a different game plan and he delays this coming. I will be at Lambeau dressed and ready to go.”
Harrison Smith is eligible to return to practice next week and play in a game on Dec. 15 against the Philadelphia Eagles at Mall of America Field.
He was asked about sitting out the remainder of the season to recover, but the second-year safety responded by saying, “No” and proceeded to name the Vikings’ final three opponents.
The complete injury report:
The Vikings listed Peterson (groin), cornerback Josh Robinson (chest), tight end Kyle Rudolph (foot) and center John Sullivan (concussion) as non-participants in Thursday’s practice.
The team listed defensive end Jared Allen (back), tight end Rhett Ellison (ankle), defensive tackle Fred Evans (knee/shoulder), defensive tackle Letroy Guion (chest), Jennings (achilles), linebacker Michael Mauti (knee) and defensive end Brian Robison (neck) as limited participants in Thursday’s practice.
The team listed running back Matt Asiata (shoulder), linebacker Chad Greenway (wrist) and Ponder (left shoulder) as full participants in Thursday’s practice.
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Joseph Gunther is an avid fan of Minnesota sports, including football, hockey and baseball. He covered a wide variety of sports while attending Hastings College in Hastings, Neb. While at Hastings College, he was a part of the first collegiate media group to broadcast a national tournament via television, radio, internet and newspaper at the 2004 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Tournament. He grew up in the Twin Cities playing three years of varsity football in high school. Joseph is a freelance writer covering all things NFL. His work can be found on Examiner.com.