Adrian Peterson injury not expected to keep him out against Packers

December 26, 2012

The going was rough for Adrian Peterson against Houston. (Scott Halleran / Getty Images)

Adrian Peterson stands only 207 yards away from one of the most impressive and long-standing NFL records: Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing mark, set in 1984.

But the Minnesota Vikings running back, who has had a remarkable season after tearing knee ligaments on Christmas Eve 2011, will have to overcome an abdominal injury and a Green Bay Packers defense that’s determined to stop him from setting the record.

Peterson suffered “abdoninal soreness,” according to Yahoo, in the Vikings’ 23-6 victory over the Houston Texans, and finished with 86 yards on 25 carries. He now has 1,898 yards rushing and will be trying to become only the seventh player to rush for 2,000 yards.

“Adrian is a little bit sore with his abdominal muscle,” Coach Leslie Frazier, whose Vikings are 9-6 and fighting for a playoff spot, said. “We’ll have to see how he does this week, how much work that we’ll give him as we get ready for this ballgame, which will be a huge ballgame for our team.”

Frazier kept Peterson out for the last few minutes of Sunday’s game as a precaution, even though Peterson’s streak of 100-yard games ended at eight. He rushed for 210 yards the last time the Vikings played the Packers, which Green Bay players remember all too well.

“I mean, I respect Adrian Peterson a lot,” said cornerback Sam Shields (via the Star-Tribune). “He’s a great running back. But he’s a big threat. We need to stop him.”

There’s a lot riding on the game, which was moved to a 4:25 kickoff, for the Packers, too. They’re trying to get the NFC’s No. 2 seed and a first-round playoff bye.

“He’s a great guy. I’ve gotten to know him outside of football,” linebacker Clay Matthews said. “You’d love to see a guy who has worked so hard and has overcome so much to win that crown — but ultimately that is against our defense. I don’t think any of us want to see that happen. We’ll do our best to try and contain him. He’s a fantastic guy, he’ll make his plays, but let’s hope we don’t give up 200 yards again to him.”

Nothing personal, but the Packers want to stop AP.

“If anybody deserves to get the record, it’s definitely AP. No doubt about it,” cornerback Tramon Williams said. “But unfortunately, they’re playing us. We want to put our best foot forward. It’s going to be a tough task. We know that already.”

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