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Updated: December 15th, 2013 10:48am
Peterson, Gerhart top Vikings' inactives as Rhodes, Cook also are out

Peterson, Gerhart top Vikings' inactives as Rhodes, Cook also are out

by Andrew Krammer
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings didn't catch a single break on their injury report from Friday as running backs Adrian Peterson (groin/foot) and Toby Gerhart (hamstring) are inactive. Cornerbacks Chris Cook (knee) and Xavier Rhodes (ankle) are also inactive. 

Peterson left last week's loss at Baltimore in the second quarter after suffering a mid-foot sprain. Coach Leslie Frazier was optimistic after Peterson's workout on Friday, but decided to shut him down for at least Sunday. Gerhart suffered a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter of the loss to the Ravens and will not play. 

The Vikings' already-poor secondary took a couple of hits as Rhodes and Cook, the two starters, will not play. The team's top four cornerbacks in Week 1 are not playing as Josh Robinson was placed on injured reserve on Saturday and cornerback A.J. Jefferson was cut last month following a domestic assault charge. 

Cornerback Shaun Prater, cut by the Eagles in October, will get his first career start in place of Rhodes. Cornerback Marcus Sherels will start for Cook. 

Running back Matt Asiata will also get his first career start in place of Peterson. Running back Joe Banyard was elevated off the practice squad on Saturday and will be the backup. 

Guard Brandon Fusco, listed as doubtful, has also been ruled out. Reserve lineman Joe Berger will start in his place. Rookie guard Jeff Baca is active for one of a handful of times this season. He took Berger's spot on kickoff return in practice this week. 

Safety Harrison Smith was activated off injured reserve on Saturday and is active on Sunday. He is expected to play for the first time since his Oct. 13 foot injury. 

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