Minnesota Vikings superstar running back Adrian Peterson was held out of last week’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles with a foot sprain, but it was reported earlier this week that Peterson could have played due to another incredibly quick recovery from the 28-year-old Oklahoma product. That said, Leslie Frazier and the Vikings definitely made the right decision to hold Peterson out last week, even if it meant starting No. 3 RB Matt Asiata with No. 2 back Toby Gerhart also out. Asiata played very well, the Vikings upset the Eagles, and they didn’t risk aggravation to Peterson’s injury by playing their best player in a meaningless game. Teams always have to remember that a player will almost always want to play through an injury, and it’s the risk of aggravation that’s always the most important thing to keep in mind.
Peterson is currently listed as questionable on the Vikings injury report for today’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals, and he was able to return to practice on Friday. Even though he only practiced once, Peterson was always expected to play, and now we have some strong confirmation that AP will indeed be playing today against the Bengals.
The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that there are “no worries” that Peterson will play today, and he has “told people” that he will be playing today despite the foot sprain. It will be interesting to see if Peterson is limited by the injury, but it would have been a surprise to see Peterson miss today’s game.
This confirmation cements Peterson’s status as a must-start today, and even the most cautious fantasy owner should have no doubts about Peterson’s status for today’s game.