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Updated: December 1st, 2010 12:20pm
Adrian Peterson may be game-day decision; Hutchinson, Edwards murky

Adrian Peterson may be game-day decision; Hutchinson, Edwards murky

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Adrian Peterson's status for Sunday may not be decided until hours before kickoff.

The All-Pro halfback was on the field for a walkthrough on Wednesday morning, three days after spraining his right ankle at Washington.

But Peterson was nowhere to be found when practice began in the afternoon, and interim coach Leslie Frazier said Peterson will "probably be day-to-day, maybe going all the way up until Sunday as to whether or not he's going to be playing or not.

"We've all got our fingers crossed," Frazier said. "We'll see what he's able to do (Wednesday). May or may not be on the practice field -- we'll see. But we are hoping that he'll make it to Sunday."

Meanwhile, the status of Ray Edwards appears to be highly in doubt with what the Vikings' left end described to reporters as a high ankle sprain, and left guard Steve Hutchinson's injured thumb is fractured, leaving him in a cast that will have to be padded heavily for him to play on Sunday against Buffalo.

Peterson, Edwards, Hutchinson, quarterback Brett Favre (ankle/neck/right shoulder) and receivers Percy Harvin (illness) and Greg Lewis (concussion) all were nonparticipants in Wednesday's practice.

Frazier said Edwards has "no ligament damage -- just his is much more tender than Adrian's was. He's not putting quite as much weight on that ankle as you would hope three days after the game. So, we'll see how he does (Wednesday in practice)."

Asked if he's confident he'll play, Edwards said, "I feel a little bit confident, yes, absolutely. We'll just see how it goes day by day and I'll do my rehab exercises and just try to strengthen it back up."

Hutchinson said he was injured on a second-quarter running play against Washington and finished the game wearing a splint. He said he plays to play on Sunday, "but if I can't do my job enough to where it hurts this football team then I'll have to figure out a different avenue."

Said Frazier, "He'll have to be cast and heavily bandaged in order to play, and that'll kind of be a day-to-day thing as well. He's got to get out and see how he functions with the work that they're going to do with his thumb. He's obviously a vital part of our success on the offensive line, and he's a tough guy. But we'll see how he does over the course of the next few days."

Rookie Chris DeGeare would start at left guard if Hutchinson can't go, Frazier said.

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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