Adrian Peterson has endured right hamstring tightness for five weeks
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - The Vikings' best offensive weapon wasn't involved much in the team's loss to the Giants on Monday night. Adrian Peterson had 13 carries for 28 yards and was targeted four times in the passing game. He caught two passes for another 28 yards.
New quarterback Josh Freeman, meanwhile, chucked it 53 times and was erratic all evening.
Part of that is a product of trailing in the second half, but even so, something seems out of whack with that distribution. Peterson revealed this week that he's dealt with a sore right hamstring for about five weeks now. He said it started with a bruise on his lower hamstring, and then overworking his hamstring brought on tightness.
Peterson, for his part, said he'd like to get more opportunities. He said he doesn't think he had to talk to the coaches about getting more touches.
"Any time you have two games with 13 carries or less, you definitely want more touches to get in the flow of things," Peterson said. "Cleveland, the game got out of whack so we had to get away from the run game. But one thing that we're going to do and get back to focusing on is establishing the run, getting those guys up front working and sweating and then be able to become more balanced."
The running back joked that his ideal number of carries in a game is "a hundred."
He did not participate in Wednesday's practice. He says the limited touches aren't a product of any physical limitations. The coaches didn't even know about it until last week, he said.
"That's when I really felt, OK, I'm starting to feel something now that could slow me down a little bit. I really didn't say anything to those guys until like last week. Just told them there's tightness," Peterson said. "It's more so when I run, I was kind of hesitant to stretch out and really stretch the hamstring, thinking that I was going to pull [it]."
Apparently the game plan going forward is to get back to the running game, according to Peterson, offensive lineman Matt Kalil and offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave. Games like Monday night's, which heavily favored the pass and largely ignored the team's greatest offensive weapon, are not part of the plan.
"Yeah, it got out of whack there," Musgrave said Thursday. "When we got down 23-7 I think we called 30 [passes].
"[We were] trying to move the ball one way or the other, run or pass. As we know, we weren't having a lot of success up to that point with either one, run or pass. Definitely not the plan and it's tough when games go like that."