Leslie Frazier admits that Adrian Peterson's late arrival was 'a big deal'
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Adrian Peterson attempted to downplay his late arrival to Soldier Field on Sunday for the Minnesota Vikings' 28-10 loss to the Chicago Bears, but coach Leslie Frazier admitted Monday that having his star running back fail to arrive on time was far from ideal.
Peterson did not take a team bus to the stadium and arrived in a cab.
"Anytime one of your leaders is not where he's supposed to be, it's not good," Peterson said. "I talk to our team all the time about being where you're supposed to be and being where you're supposed to be on time. So, it's a big deal."
Frazier refused to give any details about why Peterson wasn't on one of the two buses the team has that goes from the team hotel to the stadium. The Vikings require players to be in the locker room 2 hours before game time and the Pioneer Press reported that Peterson was seen getting into a cab around 10 a.m. before the noon kickoff.
"We've talked," Frazier said. "(It) has not been something that's come up in the past. But we definitely have talked. ... The conversation itself - I'll have to keep it between he and I. But we have talked about it and hopefully, it'll never happen again. Can't see why it would. Hopefully, it never happens again."
Peterson said Sunday that he wasn't going to discuss the reason for his tardiness.
"It wasn't a big deal," he said. "I came out and played."
Frazier said he knew Peterson wasn't on the bus, "when we left," adding, "he's Adrian Peterson, so I know if he's on or not on."
Peterson rushed for 108 yards on 18 carries but had a costly first-half fumble in the loss and also had a botched exchange with quarterback Christian Ponder in the fourth quarter on a play that resulted in another turnover.
Frazier said he did not know if Peterson's late arrival was a distraction.
"I think everybody was pretty focused on their job and what they had to do," Frazier said. "I'm not even sure how many guys really knew that he wasn't on the bus. I'm not sure."