| Peterson far from 100% in Week 16|
Hampered by foot and groin injuries
By: Doug Orth | Dec 23 2013, 4:25 pm
|Last Sunday, when HC Leslie Frazier told Adrian Peterson he wouldn't be playing against the Philadelphia Eagles, Peterson was livid. He tried to plead his case to play, told reporters that "the decision was taken out of my hands," and said he was "devastated" not to be on the field despite a sprained foot and strained groin. When Peterson got back on the field on Sunday, he looked tentative and unable to explode past defenders. He had carried just 11 times for 45 yards when Frazier made the decision after halftime to take Peterson out.
"My body is just not responding the way I want it to right now," Peterson said. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: For owners with Week 17 titles on the line, expect Matt Asiata and/or Joe Banyard to receive the bulk of the touches in the backfield. There's no benefit to Peterson playing and, quite frankly, the Vikings only stand to worsen their draft position (and decrease their chances of landing a top rookie quarterback prospect) by "trying to win". Minnesota is locked into a top-eight pick in May's NFL Draft.