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Updated: December 20th, 2012 1:08pm
Adrian Peterson battling 'wear and tear,' wants record to fall Sunday

Adrian Peterson battling 'wear and tear,' wants record to fall Sunday

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- As soon as the Minnesota Vikings returned from St. Louis on Sunday night, Adrian Peterson headed for the cold tub.

He is the NFL's runaway rushing leader with 1,812 yards. But his recovery from left knee reconstruction surgery last Dec. 30 remains, as always, a work in progress.

"I'm still doing some different stretching and core strengthening -- both legs, but really focusing on my left leg, has a little more weight," Peterson said on Thursday. "But just making sure I'm keeping it fine-tuned and ready to roll."

Peterson is listed on the injury report this week with abdominal and groin issues, the latter suffered in that win over the Rams on Sunday.

He downplayed the ailments as "(n)ormal wear and tear I've been dealing with the past couple weeks. So, I'm just doing the necessary things I need to do as far as resting. I'm still getting my conditioning in and working out. It's all about that push to Sunday."

Over the Vikings' past eight games, Peterson has rushed for 1,313 yards -- the most for any back in an eight-game stretch in one season in NFL history.

He said he'll have more than 100 friends and family members in two suites for this week's game in his hometown of Houston, where he'll try to move a step closer to breaking Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards.

Could the record fall against the Texans?

"That's my mindset," Peterson said. "That's how I'm looking at it. Just get it done, get it out the way. So, we'll see."

That would require Peterson to push his own single-game rushing record of 296 yards, set on Nov. 4, 2007. But it's not necessarily impossible, given that Peterson has crossed the 200-yard mark twice in the Vikings' past three games.

Peterson said he has received plenty of texts about the record from friends, including former teammate Darren Sharper, who told him to "just go ahead and put it out of reach. Go ahead and get 2,228. End it with your number."

He also has heard from his pastor, who referenced the ubiquitous jokes from TV analysts about Peterson being from another planet.

"Even on Twitter, you hear all these people talking about, Adrian's not human. He's a beast' He's this. He's that," Peterson said. "(The pastor)'s like, you know what? They're wrong. You're definitely the god kind. Because he's always giving me the scripture and

"I'm always giving God the praise. That's where my faith comes from. So, I feel like God watches over me. My spirit man be out there doing the things that I do on the field. It's beyond me."

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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