Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was limited to just 65 yards on 21 carries in the team’s 41-20 loss to the Seattle Seahawks last Sunday.
The reigning MVP has been slowed by a right groin injury and it clearly impeded his ability to be his usual electric self on the field.
Peterson still ranks 4th in the NFL in yards (851), 3rd in rush yards per game (85.1) and 1st in rushing touchdowns (9) despite being hobbled.
He expressed his desire to play this Sunday against the Green Bay Packers following the loss.
“I’m going to try to get my rest that I need,” Peterson said, according to Tom Powers at the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “I’m probably going to do it this week (in practice). Just push it to Sunday. In my mind, I really don’t know how things will turn out deep into the week. Fortunately, I came out and was able to play some. I’ll try and do the same thing (next game).”
Well, now according to Tom Pelissero of USA Today Sports, Peterson thinks sitting for a week is a crazy notion.
Peterson and the Vikings are still hoping to make the postseason. Sitting at 2-8 and last in the NFC North, they figure they need to win out to have a shot. To have any chance, it’s no secret Minnesota will need a healthy Peterson.