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Updated: December 26th, 2012 12:37pm
Vikings trying to preserve Adrian Peterson, who misses practice again

Vikings trying to preserve Adrian Peterson, who misses practice again

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings continue to be cautious with Adrian Peterson's workload as they prepare for Sunday's crucial finale against Green Bay.

Coach Leslie Frazier said the Vikings decided to hold out Peterson, who has been battling abdominal and groin issues, from Wednesday's practice.

It's the fourth consecutive week the NFL's leading rusher has taken less than a full load. He sat out Wednesday and Thursday last week, had Thursday off the two previous weeks and was limited in a couple other practices.

Peterson rushed for 86 yards on 25 carries in last weekend's win at Houston before Frazier pulled him as he dealt with abdominal soreness. He needs 208 yards on Sunday to break Eric Dickerson's single-season NFL rushing record of 2,105 yards.

End Jared Allen also was expected to miss Wednesday's practice because of illness, Frazier said.

Cornerback Antoine Winfield, who hasn't practiced much the second half of the season, was expected to be highly limited to rest a balky knee and the hand he broke at Houston.

The Vikings planned to give end Brian Robison, who missed the Houston game with a sprained right shoulder, "a chance to move around a little bit and try to determine as the days go on whether or not he'll have a chance to play this weekend," Frazier said. "We're hoping so, but we'll have to wait and see."

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 1500ESPN.com. 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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