The Minnesota Vikings don't plan on playing running back Adrian Peterson during the team's preseason game against the San Diego Chargers on Friday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Previous reports stated that the team was considering playing Peterson, but it appears he'll sit out of his third straight exhibition game.
As Schefter notes, the team expects Peterson to ask to play on Friday, but it doesn't plan on allowing him to do so. He's still working towards being fully healthy from reconstructive knee surgery, and the Vikings don't want to risk injury to arguably their most important player in a meaningless game.
Last season, Peterson carried the ball 208 times for 970 yards and 12 touchdowns in 12 games, but his season ended prematurely when he tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee against the Redskins on Dec. 24. After months of recovery, he expects to be ready for the first game of the regular season
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