Adrian Peterson active; Percy Harvin, Edwards, Hutchinson out
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The Vikings deactivated Hutchinson (broken right thumb), Harvin (migraines) and Edwards (high right ankle sprain) for Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills, along with receivers Greg Lewis (concussion) and Hank Baskett, cornerback Chris Cook (knee), safety Jamarca Sanford (hamstring) and defensive tackle Fred Evans.
Peterson tested his sprained right ankle a little less than 2 hours before kickoff under the close watch of interim coach Leslie Frazier, head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and running backs coach Eric Bieniemy, who put the All-Pro halfback through a series of cutting drills.
After about a 5-minute workout, the group spoke for several minutes and then the discussion continued after Peterson left the field, with vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman and special teams coordinator Brian Murphy joining in at various points.
There was no such discussion about the other three starters, who weren't seen during pregame warm-ups.
Harvin left Wednesday's practice with what Frazier described as a migraine-related episode, missed the rest of the week and was spotted at the doctor's office late Friday morning. Hutchinson missed the entire week and Edwards had only limited participation in one practice since sustaining their respective injuries in last week's win at Washington.
However, Harvin had played several times already this season despite missing significant practice time during the week, and Hutchinson -- who hadn't missed a game since 2002, when he broke a leg -- widely was expected to pad up the injury and play through it.
Bernard Berrian was slated to start in place of Harvin, rookie Chris DeGeare in place of Hutchinson and Brian Robison in place of Edwards. Rookie halfback Toby Gerhart was the most likely option on kick returns in place of Harvin.
With Harvin, Lewis and Baskett all inactive, No. 3 quarterback Joe Webb was on the 45-man game day roster for the first time and was expected to be the emergency fourth receiver. No. 3 halfback Albert Young also was active, presumably as insurance for Peterson's injury.
The Bills deactivated two starters because of injuries: cornerback Terrence McGee (knee) and right guard Eric Wood (ankle).
Also inactive for Buffalo: running back Jehuu Caulcrick, nose tackle Torrell Troup and tight ends Shawn Nelson, Mike Caussin and Scott Chandler.