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Updated: October 23rd, 2012 2:20pm
Vikings hold out Adrian Peterson, limit others in week's lone practice

Vikings hold out Adrian Peterson, limit others in week's lone practice

by Tom Pelissero
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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.

Coach Leslie Frazier said the Vikings also planned to hold down reps on receiver Percy Harvin, end Jared Allen and others to make sure they get enough rest.

"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.

Allen (groin), cornerback Antoine Winfield (knee), left tackle Matt Kalil (lower back), safety Mistral Raymond (ankle) and safety Harrison Smith (calf) were limited in practice.

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).

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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