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Updated: December 16th, 2011 2:18pm
Notebook: Adrian Peterson listed as probable, but could be limited

Notebook: Adrian Peterson listed as probable, but could be limited

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Barring a surprise setback, Adrian Peterson will be back in the Minnesota Vikings' lineup on Sunday.

How much the All-Pro halfback plays will be determined by how he fares in his first game action since suffering a high left ankle sprain almost a month ago.

"Well, he's missed some time, so we'll have to kind of work him in there," coach Leslie Frazier said after Friday's practice. "It wouldn't be as if he had not missed a game. So, we'll have to monitor how he's doing."

Peterson was listed as a full participant in Friday's practice for the first time since the injury and the Vikings listed him as probable (virtual certainty of playing) on the injury report.

"We wanted to see, based off what we gave him (Thursday), if there would be any hang-up," Frazier said. "But there wasn't. He finished the day with no problems and he's ready to go."

Peterson averaged 21.8 touches in nine games prior to the Vikings' loss to Oakland on Nov. 20, in which he suffered the injury in a pileup with Raiders safety Michael Huff.

Backup Toby Gerhart's production has been serviceable in Peterson's absence -- 181 rushing yards on 40 carries (4.5 average) and 61 yards on 11 receptions.

"That makes us feel comfortable of not trying to get Adrian 25, 30 carries based on the way (Gerhart) has played over the last few weeks," Frazier said. "He's done a great job."

If Peterson's in uniform, he'll surely want the ball. He enters Sunday with 872 rushing yards -- 17th in the NFL with three games to go and 420 short of the career low he set last season.

Asked on Thursday if he was limited in any way, Peterson said, "Not really. I'm like 85 percent, but I'll be able to take the pain, whatever it is that comes with it. I'm sure when you get a lot of action and get it twisted up or stepped on just playing the game, I'll just have to endure that."

Health watch

Everyone else on the Vikings injury report was listed as probable.

That list included: receiver Greg Camarillo (concussion), linebacker E.J. Henderson (shoulder), safety Jarrad Page (hip), cornerback Asher Allen (shoulder), defensive tackle Letroy Guion (ankle) and quarterback Christian Ponder (hip), who was a full participant in practice all week.

The Saints ruled out halfback Mark Ingram (toe) and linebacker Jonathan Casillas (knee). Linebacker Jonathan Vilma (knee) and end Turk McBride (ankle) are questionable. Cornerback Tracy Porter (wrist), defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis (hamstring), tight end Jimmy Graham (back) and linebacker Scott Shanle (shoulder) are probable.

Robison fined

The NFL fined Vikings end Brian Robison $15,000 for his horse-collar tackle of Lions running back Keiland Williams in Sunday's game, a league spokesman said.

It's at least the second fine this season for Robison, who was fined $20,000 for kicking Packers guard T.J. Lang in the groin on Oct. 23 at the Metrodome.

Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch was fined $10,000 for a blindside hit on Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder, who was trailing the play after an interception.

Too little, too late

The NFL confirmed officials missed a facemask penalty that should have been called on the last play of the Vikings' loss to Detroit last weekend.

Replays showed linebacker DeAndre Levy briefly grasping quarterback Joe Webb's facemask a split-second after knocking free the ball from Webb's hands.

"They sent us a reply, and it was a facemask," Frazier said. "That's what they told us -- it was a facemask."

Asked if the admission was any consolation, Frazier smiled wryly and shook his head.

"They sent us information, and then you read it and move on to whatever's next," Frazier said. "That's what we've had to do. We've had to move on to the New Orleans Saints now."

Levy was not fined, an NFL spokesman said.

Quick hits

• Frazier said there is "a very good chance" former CFL star WR Emmanuel Arceneaux will be active for Sunday's game, which would his NFL debut. "You could see the difference in his attitude, his demeanor -- everything," Frazier said of Arceneaux, who was promoted from the practice squad on Monday. "It's a little bit different when you're on the 53 versus practice squad. But I think as the week went on, he became a little bit more comfortable."

• Frazier expressed surprise when a reporter asked about WR Tori Gurley, who turned down an offer from the Vikings to join their 53-man roster and instead stayed on the Packers' practice squad. "He and his agent obviously must feel pretty good about it," Frazier said. "They made a decision."

• The expectation continues to be that CB Benny Sapp and CB Asher Allen will start on Sunday, with Marcus Sherels playing the nickel and Cedric Griffin on the bench if he's active at all. "Our guys are going to try to fight to the very end," Frazier said. "That's what you like about Benny Sapp and Asher and some of the guys that are going to be playing. They're going to give it all they can."

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 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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