Adrian Peterson said he intends to play through groin injury Sunday
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - With Adrian Peterson (groin) not 100 percent, some questioned whether he would play this weekend at Green Bay. Peterson put an end to those doubts Thursday.
He said he planned to play despite not having his usual explosiveness last week in Seattle. After he struggled with a nagging hamstring injury and now the groin injury, did he even consider resting a week?
"No, not at all. I don't think it's that severe," Peterson said. "Just rest and do the necessary things with treatment and I'll be OK."
Peterson sat out practice Wednesday and Thursday, but he says he's "living with [strength coach] Eric Sugarman for the entire day" to get ready for Sunday's matchup with the Packers. "Doing strength and exercises and getting in the cold tub, working out. Most important, just kind of letting the body rest."
He even dismissed the idea that he would sit if Frazier or Sugarman suggested it would be good to take some time off.
"I'd look at them crazy. I'd be like, 'Well, I know my body and I'm not going to do anything to hurt myself. Just trust me.'"
The cold weather at Lambeau Field certainly will be a factor staying loose this weekend, he admitted. He said he was disappointed about a couple runs last week he felt he would have broken if fully healthy. Peterson broke just one tackle this week, according to Pro Football Focus.
"It was just disappointing," Peterson said. "The main thing was to be out there helping my team. I was out there putting my best foot forward. But there were a couple of plays where I was like, 'Wow, if I had that explosion, it would be a different turnout.'"
If Peterson can't carry his normal workload, it could open an opportunity for backup and free-agent-to-be Toby Gerhart.
Ever the public optimist, Peterson also said not only does he think the Vikings can beat the Packers on the road this weekend, but that an 8-8 season is still possible.
"Anytime you get a win, especially against a divisional rival, it's always good. And to be honest with you, in my eyes, I don't know how you all think, but I still think we've got a chance. Call me crazy," Peterson said. "But I still feel like we have an opportunity. That's the way I'm going to approach this week and the rest of the season."
"Not to look at the end of the tunnel but finishing 8-8, who knows what could happen? Six more weeks a lot of things can happen."