Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier refused again Thursday to commit to playing tailback Adrian Peterson in Sunday's season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars. It makes sense; why announce a decision before it's necessary? So here's what we can say late Thursday afternoon: There have been no indications that Peterson has encountered any difficulty during the first three practice days of this week.
Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, in fact, told reporters Thursday that there is "not too much doubt" that Peterson will be ready to play in some capacity Sunday. "I think he has stayed on schedule and I've seen progress every day," Musgrave added.
Peterson has been taking between 25 and 35 reps at tailback per practice this week and shown no ill effects that we're aware of. As we've been discussing for a while, it's expected that Toby Gerhart will get the majority of the playing time Sunday even if Peterson is in uniform.
"I'm ready to play," Peterson told reporters. "If that's 10 snaps or five or 25 or 30, I'm ready to roll. That's my mindset and how I feel about it. So I'm going to keep my mindset pointed in that direction."
If I had to guess, the Vikings will list Peterson as questionable on their injury report Friday afternoon and then retreat to their meeting rooms to make a final decision. Barring some kind of setback between now and then, it appears Peterson will at least be available to play -- a mere 260 days after tearing two knee ligaments.