With the playoffs out of reach, why risk further injury to the team's most dynamic player? Why not sit him for the final 2 weeks and make sure he is ready to go next season? Peterson doesn't see it that way. The Vikings may be 5-9 and going nowhere fast, but he wants to be out there with his teammates until the bitter end.
"It's been a roller-coaster season. It hasn't gone the way we planned," Peterson said yesterday as the Vikings prepared for Sunday night's game at the Eagles. "But I love to play this game. That's why I do what I do. I definitely don't think that way about it. If I can play, I'll definitely be out there on Sunday."
Peterson injured his left thigh 2 weeks ago when he collided with quarterback Tarvaris Jackson on a handoff. He missed the game against Chicago on Monday night, the first time he's sat out since missing two games with a knee injury his rookie season in 2006.