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Updated: September 7th, 2012 1:57pm
Adrian Peterson questionable for Vikings; Jaguars missing 2 starters?

Adrian Peterson questionable for Vikings; Jaguars missing 2 starters?

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings have listed halfback Adrian Peterson as questionable for Sunday's game against Jacksonville, which ruled out one of its best defensive players for the opener.

Peterson, who is coming off left knee reconstruction surgery, was listed as a limited participant in practice again on Friday.

There have been strong indications Peterson will play on a limited basis against the Jaguars, but Vikings coach Leslie Frazier has avoided saying anything definitive.

"There is no reason to make a decision before Sunday," Frazier said. "We're going to talk with him again (Saturday), see how he feels and we'll make a decision."

The questionable designation on the injury report technically means a player has a 50% chance for playing.

The Vikings ruled out linebacker Marvin Mitchell (ankle), receiver Jarius Wright (ankle) safety Andrew Sendejo (ankle).

Everyone else on the Vikings' injury report is listed as probable ("virtual certainty" of playing) -- including cornerback Marcus Sherels (ankle), who was a full participant in Friday's practice and is expected to return punts against the Jaguars.

"Looks like Marcus is going to be fine," Frazier said. "He should be up and going. He's had a good couple of days here."

Meanwhile, Jacksonville ruled out starting outside linebacker Daryl Smith, who had been added to the injury report on Thursday with an abdominal injury. Smith missed practice again on Friday and his injury was listed as groin.

Also ruled out were backup ends Austen Lane (foot) and George Selvie (knee). Starting right cornerback Derek Cox (hamstring) was listed as doubtful (25% chance of playing), meaning Jacksonville could be without two starters on defense.

Backup cornerback Mike Harris (hamstring) was listed as questionable. Everyone else on the Jaguars injury report -- including receiver Justin Blackmon (ankle) -- was listed as probable.

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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