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Updated: October 18th, 2012 12:51pm
Adrian Peterson's ankle 'hurting consistently,' but shouldn't stop him

Adrian Peterson's ankle 'hurting consistently,' but shouldn't stop him

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Adrian Peterson's problematic left ankle is sorer than a week ago, leaving him on the sideline for a second straight practice on Thursday.

But the star halfback said he's simply trying to get as much rest and rehabilitation as possible before the Minnesota Vikings play two games in five days, beginning on Sunday against Arizona.

"Since I twisted it up and it happened, it's been hurting consistently," Peterson said. "Then we go out and play, it re-aggravates it, just the cutting and different things you're doing out there. So, it's sore, but you've just got to push through it."

Peterson sprained the ankle in the Vikings' win over Tennessee on Oct. 7 and had his practice reps cut last week. That didn't stop him from breaking five tackles while racking up 129 yards on 24 touches in last weekend's loss at Washington.

"It was a little worse, waking up that Monday and just feeling the beating you put on it the previous day," Peterson said. "It wasn't already healed 100 percent going into the game. So, when you've got a nagging injury like that, you've just got to stay on top of it, get the rest, continue strengthening it -- just do the necessary things to get you through that push to Sunday."

Peterson acknowledged the injury impacted him "a little bit" against the Redskins, "but it wasn't anything that kept me from breaking loose from someone. It was moreso like on cutting and just like on downhill plays, power plays, really being as explosive as I wanted to be up top to the hole."

Complicating Peterson's rehab is the fact the Vikings will have a quick turnaround after Sunday's game, with another home game against Tampa Bay scheduled that following Thursday night.

Asked if that's a factor in how he's approaching his workload in practice this week, Peterson said, "That's exactly how I'm looking at it."

The upside, as Peterson pointed out, is the Vikings have a longer break after that second game. They're unlikely to practice over the weekend, giving players some time to heal up before they return to action on Nov. 4 at Seattle.

The Vikings enter Sunday's game ranked No. 11 in the NFL in rushing. Arizona ranks 19th in run defense but has a talented front led by ends Calais Campbell and Darnell Dockett and inside linebacker Daryl Washington.

"We definitely look at them as an aggressive defense, good defense," Peterson said. "It's part of the reason they're in the position they're in, 4-2. But we run the ball here in Minnesota. So, it's going to be a challenge for us. We're going to accept the challenge and do what we've been doing."

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 1500ESPN.com. 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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