QAdrian Peterson
RB MIN (6)
1 month ago

Peterson (knee/groin) may be forced to take a pay cut to remain with the Vikings next season, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

Peterson, who featured in just three games this season due to injuries, is entering the final season of his contract, which would currently see the Vikings owe him $17.75 million on Mar. 12, when his roster bonus and 2017 salary become guaranteed. Given that he only gained 72 yards on 37 carries this season, and will be 32 years old when next season starts, Minnesota is highly unlikely to reward Peterson with that pay day. As a result, Peterson could released and hit free agency, or he could renegotiate his contract by the aforementioned deadline to ensure he remains with the team. The latter option would require the former MVP to take a pay cut, and whether he accepts doing so should ultimately determine his future with the Vikings.

QAdrian Peterson
RB MIN (6)
2 months ago

Peterson (knee/groin) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Chicago.

EDGE Analysis

This isn't a surprise since he didn't play last week and didn't practice this week. He may have played his last game for Minnesota since the team holds a non-guaranteed $18 million option for him next season.

QAdrian Peterson
RB MIN (6)
2 months ago

Peterson (knee/groin) was held out of practice Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

Peterson has mentioned in previous exchanges with the media that he wouldn't play if the Vikings were eliminated from playoff contention, which came to pass with Saturday's loss in Green Bay. Knee and groin injuries combined to keep Peterson on the sideline in that contest, and Wednesday's DNP isn't aiding his quest to (potentially) suit up for the season finale. If he does not, the Vikings will turn to the RB duo of Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata.

QAdrian Peterson
RB MIN (6)
2 months ago

Peterson (knee/groin) has been ruled out of Saturday's game against the Packers.

EDGE Analysis

Peterson didn't practice this week after returning to play for the first time since Week 2 last Sunday. With knee and groin problems plaguing him, Peterson won't be available Saturday in Green Bay, and it remains to be seen whether he'll suit up for the Vikings' regular-season finale next weekend. As a result of him being unavailable, Minnesota promoted C.J. Ham from its practice squad, providing another option behind the tandem of Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata.

QAdrian Peterson
RB MIN (6)
2 months ago

Peterson (knee/groin) didn't practice Thursday, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

In his first game action Sunday since Week 2, Peterson received 12 offensive snaps, which he parlayed into six carries for 22 yards and one reception for one yard. Despite the sparse usage, he emerged with the usual bumps and bruises, namely to his knee and groin. According to Ben Goessling of ESPN.com, Peterson is following a "day-by-day" approach on a short week, but with a pair of DNPs under his belt so far, the running back has just one practice remaining to sway the coaching and training staffs.

QAdrian Peterson
RB MIN (6)
2 months ago

Peterson (knee) did not practice Wednesday and isn't sure if he'll play Saturday against Green Bay, ESPN reports. "I'm just taking it day by day," he said.

EDGE Analysis

Peterson said that he didn't practice Wednesday due to some minor ailments. It sounds like Peterson will play if he can practice later this week, but this adds more uncertainty to his Week 16 outlook given his poor performance last week against Indianapolis (six carries for 22 yards with a key lost fumble).

QAdrian Peterson
RB MIN (6)
2 months ago

Peterson wasn't present at the portion of Wednesday's practice open to the media, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

Peterson already laid the groundwork for suiting up Saturday at Green Bay, stating as much after his return to action Sunday. Although Mike Zimmer wouldn't commit to a workload for Peterson this weekend, the coach mentioned Wednesday that his running back didn't look 100 percent in Week 15, according to Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. As evidence, Peterson was handed just 12 offensive snaps, equaling Matt Asiata's total and falling well behind Jerick McKinnon's 34. If practice is a bridge too far for Peterson, a similar breakdown of reps may come to pass against the Packers.

QAdrian Peterson
RB MIN (6)
2 months ago

Peterson has said he'll play in Saturday's game against Green Bay, but did not commit to playing the final regular season game against Chicago, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

It sounds like Peterson may skip the final regular season game if the Vikings are eliminated from the playoffs to reduce injury risk on his surgically-repaired knee.

QAdrian Peterson
RB MIN (6)
2 months ago1 Comment

Peterson (knee) rushed six times for 22 yards, and caught his lone target for one yard in his first action since Week 2 Sunday against the Colts.

EDGE Analysis

Peterson's workload was limited, as the Vikings were forced to play from behind throughout. He didn't do much with his limited chances, either, averaging just 3.7 yards per rush. While it's nice to see Peterson back on the field, his workload over the final couple weeks could be limited if the reeling Vikings continue to fall behind early.

QAdrian Peterson
RB MIN (6)
2 months ago

Peterson (knee) is listed as a starter by the Vikings for Sunday's game against the Colts. Per Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, the Vikings plan for Peterson in his return to action is to "work him in with others for 20 plays then evaluate to let er rip or rotate in."

EDGE Analysis

The others Glazer references are Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon, and their availability will allow the Vikings to let Peterson's effectiveness, as well as game flow, dictate how much work they hand Peterson, who has not suited up since Week 2. Peterson thus profiles as a speculative fantasy play in Week 15, though in any case, after Sunday's contest, owners should have enough context to have a good read on the veteran back's prospects as the last two weeks of the regular season approach.