DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 11: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings watches the action during the first half of the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on December 11, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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Adrian Peterson Injury: Fantasy Owners May Have Goaded Vikings RB Into Playing

Adrian Peterson has missed a few weeks due to injury, but that apparently will change this weekend for the Minnesota Vikings' All-Pro running back. His team is only playing for pride at this point, but the veteran plans to fight through his ankle sprain for a different team.

Peterson will be playing because he's healthy, for the most part, but he acknowledged his standing on fantasy teams as well while talking to the media on Thursday.

Adrian Peterson had good news Thursday for those who have him on their fantasy football team: The running back is planning to play Sunday against New Orleans after a three-game absence.

"They've been giving me a hard time on Twitter," Peterson said of those who rely on him in their fantasy leagues.

Peterson, who hasn't played since suffering a high left ankle sprain on Nov. 20 against Oakland, said he has been fielding questions from owners who want to know if they should play him.

Peterson's official status won't be determined until Friday afternoon, but it sounds like it's safe to insert the Vikings running back into your fantasy lineup for now.


Adrian Peterson Injury Update: Vikings RB 'Real Close' To Returning

Adrian Peterson injury updates have been getting better and better for the past few weeks, but the Minnesota Vikings running back still hasn't been able to see any in-game action since suffering his high ankle sprain. That could change this week, however, if everything goes according to plan.

Head coach Leslie Frazier met with the media on Monday morning to address Sunday's loss to the Detroit Lions, but briefly touched on his running back's status for the Vikings upcoming game against the New Orleans Saints.

"We're optimistic we'll be able to get Adrian (Peterson) back this week," Frazier said during his press conference on Monday. "He was real close at the end of last week so we're hoping we'll have him back."

Peterson hasn't played since being injured against the Oakland Raiders on Nov. 20 after just six carries. The Vikings are only playing for pride at this point, but the running back obviously wants to return for the last few weeks of the regular season.


Adrian Peterson Injury Update: No Timetable, But Could Return To Vikings This Week

The Adrian Peterson injury is one of the few things worth keeping track of as far as Minnesota Vikings news is concerned for the rest of the season. The other story to watch will be either hoping that the team can play a spoiler role or hoping for a high draft pick, depending on whether the glass is half-full or half-empty, but Peterson's status will likely be an integral part of those stories as well.

Frazier has sat out the last two games with a high ankle sprain, but he could return this week according to head coach Leslie Frazier.

As for RB Adrian Peterson, who has missed two games with an ankle injury, there is no timeline for his return. It could be as early as this week, but there's also a possibility that he misses another game. We'll monitor his status as the week progresses.

Considering that the Vikings also had hopes that Peterson would be able to play this past week, it's probably not worth reading too far into this update. His status is worth keeping an eye on regardless, though, as the Vikings prepare for their game against the Detroit Lions.


Adrian Peterson Injury Update: Vikings Running Back Could Play This Week

Wednesday's Adrian Peterson injury update was surprisingly positive, at least for fans of the Minnesota Vikings, as it seems his ankle is progressing much better than early prognostications suggested. The running back did not plan to practice on Wednesday, but he could still play this weekend.

Peterson suffered a high ankle sprain and ligament damage on Nov. 20 against the Oakland Raiders that was expected to keep him out for quite awhile. Peterson's rehabbing nicely, however, and could participate in portions of Thursday's practice, according to head coach Leslie Frazier.

Frazier said Wednesday that his running back might even be the feature back for this weekend's game against the Denver Broncos.

"You want to make sure that he can protect himself, that he can get out of trouble," Frazier said. "If the hole's closed, that he can bounce through the things he has ordinarily done. If he can't do that in our evaluation, we can't put him out there. He's too valuable to our organization and our team.

"So, we'll see where he is day to day, and hopefully, by Friday, we'll have a better indication of can he get on the field and do some things like the Adrian that we know."

If Peterson is unable to play this weekend, Toby Gerhart is likely going to receive the bulk of the carries for another week.


Adrian Peterson Injury: Vikings Running Back Is Improving, According To Coach

The Adrian Peterson injury is one of the reasons that the Minnesota Vikings fell to the Atlanta Falcons this this past weekend, but he wasn't the only player that was hurt in the Vikings road loss. Head coach Leslie Frazier spoke to the media on Monday where he assessed the health of his players following the weekend's game.

The most important player that Frazier updated didn't even play against the Falcons as Peterson was ruled out with a high ankle sprain, but it sounds as though the Vikings running back is getting better.

Halfback Adrian Peterson (high ankle sprain) continues to make progress and coaches will know more on his status later in the week. "He is improving so that's encouraging for us," Frazier said.

The prognosis on some of the other Vikings isn't quite as promising, however.

Frazier said long snapper Cullen Loeffler is out two to six weeks with a lower back fracture, safety Tyrell Johnson suffered a significant hamstring injury, wide receiver Michael Jenkins could miss time due to a knee injury, cornerback Asher Allen suffered a sprained AC joint in his shoulder and Hussain Abdullah could return this week after missing the previous two games with a concussion.


Adrian Peterson Injury Update: Vikings Running Back Likely Out This Week, According To ESPN

Adrian Peterson's injury status won't be revealed officially until later this week, but the early indications are that his high-ankle sprain will likely keep him out of the Minnesota Vikings game this weekend. The running back has already said he plans to play, but that seems to be a long-shot in reality.

The high-ankle sprain isn't an easy injury to return from for most football players and, as ESPN's Stephania Bell reports, there have been numerous players that have been forced to sit out longer than expected with the same injury.

Earlier this year there was optimism that St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford would play the week following a high ankle sprain; he missed two games. Dallas Cowboys running back Felix Jones returned last week after missing four weeks with his high ankle sprain. While no two injuries are identical, the concern over proper healing of a high ankle sprain to prevent future problems and the demands of the running back position suggest Peterson will miss this week and perhaps longer.

The Daily Norseman has looked at the Vikings' possible replacements if Peterson is definitely ruled out for the game against the Atlanta Falcons, for those interested, and there really isn't a clear cut choice.

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