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Updated: November 1st, 2012 12:58pm
Adrian Peterson's ankle still nagging, but rushing title within reach

Adrian Peterson's ankle still nagging, but rushing title within reach

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Adrian Peterson isn't completely over his left ankle injury.

But the Minnesota Vikings' star halfback said on Thursday the extended rest he got last weekend was beneficial for his body at the season's midway point.

"It feels good," Peterson said of the ankle, which he sprained on Oct. 7 against Tennessee and has been treating ever since.

"Still nagging a little bit. But it's nothing that's going to stop me from playing or anything. I'm just doing the necessary things just to get it where I want it, get it back full, get the strength back. But it's better than it was."

Neither the ankle nor Peterson's reconstructed left knee have appeared to slow him much late. Through eight games, he leads the NFL with 775 rushing yards on 151 carries -- a 5.1-yard average that would be Peterson's best since his rookie season in 2007.

"When I work during the offseason, I work to be the best," Peterson said. "So, I take a lot of pride in it. But it's still a long season. I'm not focusing on that. "

The NFL's second-ranked rusher is Seattle's Marshawn Lynch, who has 757 yards on 159 carries (4.8 average) entering Sunday's game against the Vikings. Peterson said he doesn't take the matchup as a personal challenge, though.

"I just want to go out and do my job and be effective within the scheme," Peterson said. "... If that's rushing for a hundred yards, 80 yards, 60 yards receiving, 300 yards rushing, I'm going to try to get it done."

Um, 300 yards rushing?

"Yeah," Peterson said, smiling. "It's possible now. Come on now. You know that."

Peterson set the NFL's single-game rushing record as a rookie on Nov. 4, 2007, when he ran for 296 yards on 30 carries against the San Diego Chargers. He ran for 224 yards three weeks earlier at Chicago but hasn't had a 200-yard game since.

The Seahawks enter Sunday ranked fifth against the run, allowing just 84.9 yards per game.

"Stout defense up front. Very aggressive. Explosive," Peterson said. "So, it'll be a good challenge for us offensively, but we're looking forward to it."

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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