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Updated: September 29th, 2011 12:44pm
Adrian Peterson downplays sore calf; Bill Musgrave vows to feed him

Adrian Peterson downplays sore calf; Bill Musgrave vows to feed him

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Adrian Peterson doesn't expect a sore calf to slow him down this weekend, and Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave pledged on Thursday the All-Pro halfback will get plenty of opportunities.

"I've got a high tolerance for pain," Peterson said. "So, I just come in, try to do the treatment. With a contusion, it's all about just trying to flush it out, keeping the muscle loose and whatnot. But pain is only temporary. I've got a high tolerance. So, it's not going to bother me."

Peterson said he "took a knee to the calf" in last weekend's overtime loss to Detroit and didn't practice on Wednesday.

"But these guys in the training room, (head athletic trainer) Eric Sugarman, those guys have been taking care of me," Peterson said. "So, I'll be ready to roll" for Sunday's game at Kansas City.

Peterson rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries (4.6 average) against Detroit. Only five of those carries (for 5 yards total) came in the second half.

"We didn't have too many plays in general in the second half," Musgrave said. "If we have more plays, then Adrian will get his share, as will all of our players -- like he did in the first half."

That said, Musgrave downplayed the idea the Vikings have to go away from the run if Peterson isn't productive, particularly as the team tries to stem the tide of three consecutive second-half collapses.

"We will not be discouraged when Adrian doesn't get yards," Musgrave said. "We want to get Adrian his touches. We know that he's very dynamic, and we'll look forward to getting him his touches, as well as everybody on our team.

"We just need to do better and obviously, the last three games, what we've been doing in the second half isn't good enough in any respect. So, we look forward to getting that corrected immediately."

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 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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