Vikings will play all healthy starters on Friday, Leslie Frazier says
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MANKATO, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings gave four healthy starters the night off for last week's exhibition opener at San Francisco.
That'll change on Friday, when the Vikings host Buffalo at the Metrodome.
Coach Leslie Frazier said on Wednesday that all healthy players -- including end Jared Allen, defensive tackle Kevin Williams, cornerback Antoine Winfield and receiver Percy Harvin -- will get time against the Bills.
"Our goal is to try to get those (starters) at least through the first quarter and maybe through part of the second quarter as well," Frazier said. "We have a number of plays that we want to get to and we'll see how it goes. But we want to get everybody some action before we get to that third preseason game."
The starting offense played into the second quarter against the 49ers, but that was mostly a product of game flow. Several defensive starters were yanked after only one series and others after two.
Halfback Adrian Peterson, who on Tuesday practiced in pads for the first time since undergoing left knee reconstruction in December, won't play on Friday.
Neither will tight end John Carlson (knee), guard Geoff Schwartz (sports hernia surgery), receiver Kamar Jorden (hand), tackle DeMarcus Love (pectoral) and probably halfback Jordan Todman (ankle), who dropped out of Tuesday's practice.