Several reports have indicated that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is questionable for Sunday’s divisional showdown against the Green Bay Packers. Many fans on both sides are relieved to hear that. The Packers obviously don’t want Peterson to play because they are faced with a must-win game. Meanwhile, numerous Vikings’ fans would like to see Peterson rest, especially when facing a top-notch run defense.
As far as Peterson actually suiting up, Vikings head coach Leslies Frazier says not to read too much into the reports.
“Adrian Peterson and Brian Robison questionable for Sunday; Frazier said Peterson is ready to go, while #Vikings still unsure on Robison,” tweeted ESPN’s Ben Goessling.
With only two wins on the season and a schedule that doesn’t get any easier after Green Bay, Minnesota should really consider how much these use Peterson. For one, there is no reason to allow the franchise player to take unnecessary hits in a season that is all but lost. Secondly, the Vikings are hoping for a top draft pick, which means losing games is definitely in the team’s most interest.
On the other hand, no one in Minnesota is interested in the word “tank,” at least as far as the organization is concerned. Of course, the fans may have a different opinion on that matter. With that being said, the last thing the fans or the team wants is to lose to the Packers. Nobody walks free in a division game.
It will be interesting to see how much the Vikings play Peterson as he continues to deal with a groin injury.