Adrian Peterson misses another practice, leaving status questionable
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Adrian Peterson wasn't on the field when the Minnesota Vikings resumed practice on Wednesday afternoon, and interim coach Leslie Frazier painted the All-Pro halfback's status as highly questionable for this week's game at Philadelphia.
"If he's healthy and able to play, he'll play," Frazier said of Peterson, who missed Monday's loss to Chicago because of soreness in his right knee and thigh.
"But it's like Monday night -- we're not going to put him at risk if he's not able to perform and protect himself and do the things he has to do. We'll monitor it and just see how he moves along as the week goes along."
Peterson suffered the injury, which has been described vaguely as a bruise, when he collided with teammate Tarvaris Jackson on Dec. 13 against the New York Giants in Detroit. Frazier said Peterson remains "very, very sore, lots of pain and makes it difficult to turn, twist and do the things Adrian Peterson does."
Considering the Vikings are eliminated from postseason contention and Peterson is entering the final year of his rookie contract -- one he's unlikely to play out without an extension -- it remains to be seen if he returns to the field this season at all.
Rookie Toby Gerhart held up relatively well in Peterson's place on Monday, rushing 77 yards on 16 carries (4.8 average) and doing a lot of damage after contact. The plan is for Peterson to test the injury again on Thursday, Frazier said.
Meanwhile, quarterback Brett Favre continued to undergo post-concussion tests, and Frazier said the team is approaching the week as if rookie Joe Webb -- bumped on a game day for Favre against the Bears -- will make his first NFL start.
"That's what we explained to Joe," Frazier said. "You have to take the reps and prepare to start, and if for some reason things change, then we'll alert you. But right now, in his mind he's prepared to start."
Frazier once again refused to rule out Favre, though, saying the 41-year-old's status is "a day-to-day situation. If he gets cleared by our doctors, then things will change. But until he's cleared, that isn't much that can be done other than whatever the doctors recommend."
The only other players absent from practice were safeties Madieu Williams (concussion) and Tyrell Johnson (knee). Neither is expected to play against the Eagles. Cornerback Frank Walker (hamstring) was limited and safety Jamarca Sanford (concussion) was a full participant.
The Vikings added a little depth in the secondary by signing defensive back DeAndre Wright to the practice squad.
The Eagles ruled out linebacker Stewart Bradley (elbow). Cornerback Jorrick Colvin (back), linebacker Keenan Clayton (hamstring), running back Jerome Harrison (not injury related) and defeneisve tackle Mike Patterson (knee) did not participate in practice.
Receiver Jason Avant (concussion), guard Nick Cole (knee), linebacker Moise Fokou (wrist), tight end Clay Harbor (abdomen), guard Todd Herremans (hip), receiver DeSean Jackson (foot) and tackle Winston Justice (knee) were full participants.