Vikings hold out Adrian Peterson, limit others in week's lone practice
Get the 1500 ESPN SportsWire delivered to your inbox daily, and keep up with all the news in Twin Cities Sports
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Adrian Peterson sat out the only practice of a short week on Tuesday as part of the Minnesota Vikings' plan to keep their star halfback fresh for Thursday's game against Tampa Bay.
"We'll probably hold back (Peterson) a little bit and let him get some work (Wednesday) when we go through our mock game-type situations," coach Leslie Frazier said.
"And we'll monitor Percy's reps as well. We won't overtax him, knowing that we're in a short week, and we've got a couple other guys we'll do the same thing with. For sure those two, we'll cut back some things."
Peterson's absence was notable because he has been battling an ankle sprain for several weeks. But he showed no ill effects while running for 153 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries (6.7 average) in Sunday's win over Arizona.
"I thought I had more carries than 23," Peterson said, "but it was good that we were able to come out there and execute."
The only other player not in uniform for Tuesday's practice was tight end John Carlson, who suffered a concussion on Sunday and is expected to sit out against the Buccaneers.
Listed on the injury report, but not missing any practice time, were safety Robert Blanton (hamstring), linebacker Marvin Mitchell (calf), quarterback Christian Ponder (knee), running back Matt Asiata (knee), defensive tackle Fred Evans (knee) and wide receiver Jerome Simpson (lower back and foot).