Peterson looked 'far better' than Frazier anticipated, is questionable
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has grown accustom to beating recovery rates for the various injuries he's endured.
So has coach Leslie Frazier, who on Friday was a lot more optimistic about Peterson's chances of playing Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles just a week after he suffered a mid-foot sprain.
"[Peterson] is so different from everyone else. We've been in situations in the past where we thought he wouldn't make it and he made it," Frazier said. "It was always in the back of my mind there was a chance he'd make it. He's amazing."
Peterson tested out his injured foot on the field for the first time Friday after spending Wednesday and Thursday in a pool inside Winter Park training facilities. The outcome looked initially bleak after the NFL MVP showed immediate signs of pain in the second quarter of Sunday's loss at the Baltimore Ravens.
"There's pain there, but there's a point where you have to suck some of the pain up," Peterson said. "The pain I do feel, I'm able to take that. But it's a different force when you're running and really planting and really being explosive."
He and backup running back Toby Gerhart (hamstring) are listed as questionable for Sunday's tilt against the Eagles, but both gave Frazier reasons to be optimistic. The Vikings coaching and medical staff will need to see more from both on Saturday before determining their status for Sunday.
It's possible that Peterson and Gerhart are game-time decisions, though Frazier left open the possibility of declaring them ready after workouts on Saturday.
"It was impressive that they were both out there today," Frazier said. "[Peterson's] gait was good, wasn't like it was a noticeable limp or anything like that. Was able to plant, push off."
"Everything [Gerhart] did stride-wise was good, cutting. He did all the things you want to see with exception of the burst. That's the next step."
If neither can go, third-string running back Matt Asiata would lead off the Vikings' rushing attack behind fullback Jerome Felton. At that point, there's a chance the Vikings elevate one of their two practice squad running backs in Joe Banyard and Bradley Randle.
But if Peterson has his way, that won't be necessary.
"We'll see tomorrow if there's a setback of any kind, but [Peterson] looked far better than I anticipated," Frazier said. "It's encouraging."