Adrian Peterson is the lone Vikings player voted into the Pro Bowl
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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson likely won't play Sunday, but the NFL MVP has been invited to his sixth Pro Bowl in his seventh season. Peterson is the lone Vikings' Pro Bowl starter as voted by fans, coaches and players.
Playing through hamstring, groin and foot injuries, Peterson is still third in the NFL with 1,266 rushing yards this season and he'll likely miss his second game in the season finale againt the Detroit Lions.
Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte, San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore, Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy and Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch join Peterson in the first Pro Bowl without conference boundaries. The game will be played on Jan. 26.
A dropoff to 4-10-1 after a playoff berth last season showed itself on the Pro Bowl voting after the Vikings had seven players initially voted into last season's game. Left tackle Matt Kalil, linebacker Chad Greenway, kicker Blair Walsh, defensive end Jared Allen, tight end Kyle Rudolph, fullback Jerome Felton and Peterson represented the Vikings from 2012.
Injury dropouts or Super Bowl contenders will need replacements, which makes way for alternates. Peterson himself could not play as he currently rehabs through a groin pull and mid-foot sprain.