Peterson expects to play in Vikings' home opener despite back injuryMinnesota Sports - Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said yesterday that his back injury is "not a big deal at all," meaning he should play against San Francisco Sunday.
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MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said yesterday that his back injury is "not a big deal at all," meaning he should play against San Francisco Sunday.
Peterson has been limited in practice the last 2 days because of the injury. He rushed for 92 yards and a touchdown last week against Detroit, and leads the NFL in rushing heading into the Vikings' home opener against the 49ers.
"God willing, I will be out there playing," Peterson said. "Not a big deal at all."
Even with Brett Favre at quarterback, Peterson is the key to the Vikings' offense. He draws so much attention from opposing defenses who stack eight or nine men near the line of scrimmage that he opens things up for the passing game. The reigning NFL rushing champion has rushed for 272 yards through 2 weeks and has already scored four touchdowns.
In other news, starting middle linebacker E.J. Henderson returned to practice after missing Wednesday with a shoulder injury. The Vikings' leading tackler practiced on a limited with pads on, but defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said he believes Henderson will be fine.