Ben Goessling | ESPN.com
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — After Adrian Peterson admitted his strained groin was “bothering me a lot” last Sunday against the Seahawks, on a day where he gained just 65 yards on 21 carries and seemed to lack his usual explosiveness, the theory surfaced that with the Vikings at 2-8, it might make sense to take a week or two off and let the injury heal.
Peterson doesn’t subscribe to that theory.
The running back said he definitely plans to play on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, and flatly shot down the idea that he should sit, even if coach Leslie Frazier or trainer Eric Sugarman would come to him and suggest it.
“I’d look at them crazy,” Peterson said. “I’d be like, ‘Well, I know my body and I’m not going to do anything to hurt myself. Just trust me.’ “
Peterson has admitted he doesn’t have his normal explosiveness, and that’s been evident on a number of plays, like his second carry on Sunday against Seattle. Peterson started left, broke a tackle and reversed field before safety Earl Thomas hauled him down.
If he was healthy?
“I’m out of there on that play,” he said.
“It wasn’t frustrating. It was just disappointing. The main thing was to be out there helping my team,” Peterson said. “I was out there putting my best foot forward. But there were a couple of plays where I was like, ‘Wow, if I had that explosion, it would be a different turnout.’ “
But the reigning NFL MVP clings to the fact that while the Vikings are 2-8, they still have the slimmest of playoff hopes if they can somehow win out.
“I feel like I believe in every guy in here, and I believe in [quarterback] Christian [Ponder],” Peterson said. “I believe that he can turn it on and get into a run. I have faith in the guys in this locker room. When I look in these guys’ eyes, when I’m on the field with them, they’re playing their hearts out. They’re out there competing. I don’t see guys quitting.
“I probably wouldn’t have that sense if I looked around the locker room or when we played and seen guys not out there competing or guys giving up. That’s not what I see. So, with that, you still have a chance.”
- Previously covered Vikings for St. Paul Pioneer Press
- Also covered Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Wild and Washington Nationals
- Twin Cities native and University of Minnesota graduate