Minnesota Vikings superstar running back Adrian Peterson missed practice on Thursday and Friday, and it was initially reported that the Vikings were resting Peterson solely as rest. But when he missed Friday’s practice, it seemed like something was indeed up, and it was revealed that he missed practice with a hamstring injury. Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier confirmed that Peterson would play despite the injury by stating that there are “no concerns” regarding Peterson’s status.
He definitely did play and received a full workload of 21 carries, but it definitely wasn’t easy sailing for Peterson. He admitted after the game that the groin injury definitely bothered him during yesterday’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks, via the St. Paul Pioneer-Press’s Tom Powers, ”Actually, it was bothering me a lot. There were a couple plays in the first half, oh man, I knew if I was able to explode the way I normally do I could have gotten some big chunks, even taken it to the house.”
It’s never easy sailing on the ground against the Seattle Seahawks defense, but it’s definitely difficult for a running back to get anything going while playing through a significant groin injury. Peterson managed to run for just 65 yards on those 21 carries and clearly didn’t look himself out there. His offensive line didn’t exactly help either, but it was Peterson’s noticeable lack of explosion that did him in on Sunday.
Frazier chimed in with his thoughts on the injury, ”That groin is bothering him. It definitely affected him. There were a couple of moments when he was so close to breaking it and just couldn’t get that one key ingredient to get it going. He’s not 100 percent.”