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Vikings vs. Bears: Fumbles overshadow yards for Adrian Peterson

A fumble from Peterson led to the first Bears touchdown on the day after he was late arriving to the Vikings locker room at Soldier Field.

Dilip Vishwanat

Sunday will be a day Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson wants to quickly forget. His fumble at the Minnesota 32 yard line in the first quarter set up the first Chicago Bears touchdown on the day. Peterson also took the blame for a bad handoff between him and quarterback Christian Ponder at midfield in the fourth quarter.

But Peterson's troubles started before he even got to Soldier Field. Peterson was late to arrive to the Vikings locker room for the noon kickoff. Players are required to be there two hours prior and Peterson missed the team bus to the field.

When asked about his tardiness after the game, Peterson chose not to provide an answer other than he and head coach Leslie Frazier haven't had a chance to chat about it yet.

We're not going to discuss that. Me and Coach actually haven't had an opportunity to talk about it. It wasn't a big deal. I came out and played.

Peterson still had a productive day on the ground despite the fumbles and late arrival. He rushed for 108 yards on 18 carries and also caught six passes for 30 yards in the Vikings 28-10 loss to the Bears.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.