Dec 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) talks with Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (25) following the game at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Eagles 48-30. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Adrian Peterson downgraded to 'out' for Sunday

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has officially been ruled out for Sunday’s season finale against the Detroit Lions.

The reigning league MVP has been nursing a lingering groin and foot injury and his status was downgraded from “doubtful” to “out” as a result, according to the Vikings team Twitter account.

Peterson finishes 2013 with 1,266 yards and 10 touchdowns on 279 carries.  The 10 scores is a career low and both the yardage and carries totals are his second-lowest, below only his other injury-plagued season in 2011.

Even with the low numbers – by Peterson standards anyway – he was selected to his 6th Pro Bowl team yesterday.  That game is to be played January 26th in Honolulu.

Despite the lingering injury issues, Peterson will still have played in 14 out of the Vikings’ 16 games this season.  He has been limited to just 18 carries and 58 yards in his previous two contests against the Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens, respectively, and hasn’t scored a TD since Minnesota’s tie with Green Bay on November 24th.

Peterson ranks as the active career leader in rushing touchdowns (86) and rushing yards per game (98.2) and second in total rushing yards behind Falcons’ running back Steven Jackson.

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