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Updated: November 29th, 2012 12:34pm
Why was Adrian Peterson late in Chicago? 'I slept through the alarm'

Why was Adrian Peterson late in Chicago? 'I slept through the alarm'

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Adrian Peterson has a simple explanation for his tardy arrival to Soldier Field on Sunday.

"I overslept," the Minnesota Vikings' star halfback said on Thursday. "I slept through the alarm, through the calls."

Peterson missed both buses to the stadium and ended up hailing a cab outside the Vikings' hotel, reportedly arriving to the locker room about 20 minutes late. He declined to discuss the reasons for his tardiness after the game.

Coach Leslie Frazier on Monday said it's "a big deal" anytime a player isn't where he's supposed to be. But Peterson was allowed to start the game, in which he was responsible for two turnovers and the Vikings lost 28-10.

"It was something we just discussed, talked about," Peterson said. "It's over and done with. So, I'm moving forward, worrying about what's important now."

That means preparing for Sunday's game at Green Bay (7-4), which is one game ahead of the Vikings (6-5) in the NFC North Division standings and wild-card chase.

The Vikings stay in Appleton before facing the Packers each year. It's safe to say Peterson will be ordering a wake-up call there. Maybe even two.

"I had the wake-up call set up (in Chicago)," Peterson said. "I slept through it. It's unfortunate, but it happens."

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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