Dec 1, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) looks on during overtime against the Chicago Bears at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Bears 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Adrian Peterson wants to play in Week 17

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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has played in just two quarters over the past two weeks, so with the Vikings having nothing left to play for there is a chance that the team could decide to keep out of action so that he can avoid a late season injury.

However, if Peterson has his way, he will be playing when the team closes out the season against the division rival Detroit Lions.

“I am feeling all right, not as healthy as I would like. I am going to push to try and get out there this week,” Peterson said, via the Pioneer Press. “There’s not much to play for but pride and each other. That’s what we are playing for. … It’s the last game in the Metrodome, so we definitely want to close it out the right way.”

If Peterson does not play in the regular season finale, then Joe Banyard will be carrying the load for the Vikings.

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