We’re now just a few days away from the Minnesota Vikings season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The time for talk is nearly over, and the players are ready to hit the field…well some of them.
Let’s take a look at the Injury Report for Week 1:
- WR Jarius Wright: ankle – Questionable
- LB Marvin Mitchell: ankle – Questionable
- S Mistral Raymond: back spasms – Probable, expected to start
- TE John Carlson: sprained MCL – Probable, expected to play
- RB Adrian Peterson: knee – Questionable, game time decision
- S Andrew Sendejo: ankle – Questionable
- CB Antoine Winfield missed practice Thursday due to personal reasons, but is expected to return Friday and start on Sunday.
- Coach Leslie Frazier is not optimistic that Wright, Sendejo, or Mitchell will play.
- Thursday Peterson was quoted as saying ”If that’s 10 snaps, five, 25, 30… I’m ready to roll.” He said that the staff wants to see him out there on the field before they make the decision.
All in all the Vikings escaped serious injury this preseason, with the exception of rookie wide receiver Greg Childs. Every team is going to have its share of strains and sprains, but Minnesota should feel pretty good about where they’re at so far.
The Peterson decision is making me grit my teeth just thinking about it right now. I’m really leaning towards not wanting him to play at this time, just because I feel the Vikings can beat the Jaguars without him. I don’t see any harm in getting him an extra week or two to get ready, but at the same time, it seems likely he be out there at least for a few carries.