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Updated: December 12th, 2013 4:38pm
Injury report: Peterson, Gerhart sit out, plan to test injuries Friday

Injury report: Peterson, Gerhart sit out, plan to test injuries Friday

by Andrew Krammer
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is convinced he'll be ready to play Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles just a week after he was forced out of a game with a mid-foot sprain.

But on Thursday, Peterson was listed on the team's official injury report with both foot and groin ailments as he continued to rehab in a pool. The plan is to have him test the injured foot out on the practice field on Friday to determine his status for Sunday, per coach Leslie Frazier

"In Adrian's case, see him be able to cut, plant and do some of the things you want to see him do in a ball game," Frazier said. "Just did some pool work [on Thursday], things inside. Nothing on land."

Running back Toby Gerhart (hamstring), cornerback Xavier Rhodes (ankle), tight end John Carlson (concussion), guard Brandon Fusco (knee) and cornerback Josh Robinson (chest) were all held out for the second straight day on Thursday. 

Gerhart, the Vikings' backup plan to Peterson, will also test out his injury for the first time on Friday to determine if he can play. If not, third-string running back Matt Asiata could get his first career start. 

"With Toby, [need] to see a little burst with a hamstring [injury]," Frazier said. 

The Vikings were relatively healthy entering last week's loss at the Baltimore Ravens, but came away with injuries in key spots as their secondary is further ravaged from Rhodes' sprained ankle. Safety Harrison Smith plans to be activated after Friday's practice and see limited snaps on Sunday, but the cornerback position is thinned down to Marcus Sherels, Chris Cook, Shaun Prater and the corner-turned-safety-turned-back-corner Robert Blanton, who starts as the nickel cornerback with Robinson out. 

Frazier wasn't confident in any of the players returning. Carlson still hasn't been cleared to practice after suffering his fifth documented concussion in his football career on Sunday. Three separate Vikings players have missed Wednesday and Thursday practices, returned Friday and played Sunday after concussion symptoms. But Carlson's brain injury history could factor into the duration, severity and/or perception of his symptoms. 

"I'm hoping to get Brandon [Fusco] out there [Friday]," Frazier said, "With Xavier [Rhodes], it'll be touch and go, but it'd be great to have him out there as well." 

"[Carlson] has improved, but not enough to practice yet." 

Andrew Krammer covers the Minnesota Vikings for He previously covered the Gophers men's basketball team for the Minnesota Daily.
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