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Peterson 'ready to roll' for Sunday, but Carlson doubtful, Rhodes out

Peterson 'ready to roll' for Sunday, but Carlson doubtful, Rhodes out

by Andrew Krammer
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier had a tough time telling running back Adrian Peterson that he wouldn't play in last week's win over the Philadelphia Eagles. 

The NFL MVP revealed just how tough he made Frazier's decision on Friday -- after practicing on a limited basis with his right-foot sprain and groin injury. 

"I was hot. I was devastated," Peterson said. "I was looking forward to playing and being out with the guys. I didn't get my way that day." 

"I was to the point where I felt i was ready to go. My mindset was i was ready to play. You know, I'm in game mode and then I find out i'm not playing. No matter what I had to say, it didn't matter. No matter what it was." 

Peterson said the decision was talked about Saturday before the Dec. 15 game, but that he was ultimately told no on Sunday morning. After a week of two limited practices (Wednesday and Friday), both Frazier and Peterson feel he'll be ready to play at the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, despite being listed as questionable again. 

"Adrian, he was able to practice today, which was encouraging," Frazier said. "We didn't have him do every rep, he was limited. But enough that we feel confident." 

"If everything goes well [Saturday], [Peterson] should be ready for Sunday." 

Peterson's mid-foot sprain in a Dec. 8 loss at Baltimore was an additional ailment added onto a sore groin he's played through for more than a month. Peterson's longest rush since a Nov. 3 loss at Dallas was a 23-yard scamper in a Dec. 1 win over the Chicago Bears, in which Peterson rushed for a season-high 211 yards. 

"Maybe in the past that might be a 60-yarder that turns out maybe to be a 20-yarder. [Sore groin] has some effect," Frazier said. "To his credit, he played through it. Rushed for 211 with a sore groin, he's pretty unique." 

Running back Toby Gerhart (hamstring) was a full participant at Friday's practice and is listed as probable. 

Getting healthy again

Guard Brandon Fusco is listed as probable after missing Sunday's win over the Eagles with a knee sprain. Fusco played just five snaps in the Dec. 8 loss at Baltimore before exiting with the injury. 

Fusco, Gerhart, cornerback Chris Cook (knee) and safety Harrison Smith (toe) were upgraded to full particpants at Friday's practice after being limited this week. All four are listed as probable. 

The Vikings still haven't pegged down a starter alongside Cook at cornerback, per Frazier. Cornerback Shaun Prater nabbed his first career interception in his first career start last week and is an option, along with cornerback Marcus Sherels and Robert Blanton, who has converted from safety and filled the nickel cornerback role with Josh Robinson on injured reserve. 

Running back Matt Asiata (ankle) missed Wednesday and Thursday, but was a limited participant on Friday and is questionable for Sunday. The third-string running back saw 30 carries in his first career start last week and is a main special teams contributor. 

Rhodes out, Carlson doubtful

Rookie cornerback Xavier Rhodes (ankle) still hobbled around the practice field and locker room on Friday and has officially been ruled out by the team. Rhodes was just hitting his stride with eight passes batted down in his previous three games before going down with an ankle sprain in the Dec. 8 loss at Baltimore. 

Rhodes has not practiced since the injury. 

Tight end John Carlson is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game after he suffered his fifth documented concussion two weeks ago. Carlson was inactive for last week's win over the Eagles and the Vikings are considering placing him on injured reserve with just one week left in the regular season. 

"We have to talk about [injured reserve]. Just have to decide what's best for [Carlson], what's best for the club," Frazier said. 

Carlson returned to practice on Wednesday and was limited, but had to sit out Thursday and Friday after re-exhibiting concussion symptoms. He hadn't re-passed the necessary steps of the protocol to practice by Friday. 

Frazier hadn't talked with Carlson yet about how his continued brain injuries could impact his career. 

"We haven't had that discussion," Frazier said. "But i'm sure it's one we'll eventually have." 

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