Vikes hope to have Adrian Peterson vs. Falcons

Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier is hopeful that running back Adrian Peterson, who suffered a grade 1

Adrian Peterson after rolling his left ankle last week. (Associated Press)

Adrian Peterson after rolling his left ankle last week. (Associated Press)

 left high ankle sprain last week in the first quarter against Oakland, will be able to play against the Falcons on Sunday.

“We are going to see how he progresses in the next day or two,” Frazier said on Wednesday. “Hopefully on Friday, we’ll see if we can get him out of that boot and see if he can move around some. Then we’ll make a determination from there.”

The grade one sprain is the least severe of the three high ankle sprains.

If Peterson is not able to play, Frazier he will start second-year running back Toby Gerhart. Also,   Lorenzo Booker would see some action.

“You’ve seen where we’ve used [wide receiver] Percy [Harvin] [in the backfield also as well,” Frazier said.

Peterson has rushed for 872 yards on 186 carries and scored 11 touchdowns. Gerhart has 24 carries for 118 yards. Booker has four rushes for 34 yards.

The Falcons (85.4 yards per game) have the No. 2 ranked run defense in the league.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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44 comments Add your comment

Boom Dizzle

November 23rd, 2011
12:02 pm

I wouldn’t mind if AP decided to take a game or two off….wouldn’t bother me at all…..

Rollo Lawson

November 23rd, 2011
12:19 pm

Peterson will not play Sunday. Minnesota just wants the Falcons to game plan for A.P. You don’t play a week after a high ankle sprain. I don’t care if its a grade 1,2, or 3 sprain.

Samuel L. Jackson

November 23rd, 2011
12:25 pm

ooooooooooooooooooooh, Tell me what happens when a QB chokes up? When a city blows up? When a WR won’t shut up?

TELL ME MOTHER&*$!@% WHAT DO FALCONS DO?!?!?!?!?

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH LAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY EGGS!!!!!!!

Supes

November 23rd, 2011
12:45 pm

He is not playing, a bunch of smoke to keep Van Gorder and the ‘Defense’ at night…even if he plays we will shut him down. The Falcons run D has been steadily improving since the beginning of the season.

Rikus

November 23rd, 2011
12:46 pm

I simply don’t get the post above. Lay eggs? How is a win against Tennessee laying an egg? Doesn’t make any sense to me.

Rikus

November 23rd, 2011
12:55 pm

Anyways, back on point, I hope Peterson sits out until he’s healthy. No reason to risk a re-injury or complication.

robert

November 23rd, 2011
12:57 pm

who cares of he is. falcons run defense is solid. the only way the vikes have a chance anyway is through the air, and that aint happening.

Football Bat

November 23rd, 2011
12:57 pm

Samuel, putting feathers in your butt does not make you a chicken.

Wendell

November 23rd, 2011
1:02 pm

Why is “Cviv” still in Atlanta?

I thought that traitor was on a slow boat to Winnipeg.

sam

November 23rd, 2011
1:07 pm

robert, did you see how Jake Locker looked like an All-Pro against our porous pass defense? I can see Chris Ponder blowing up against our no-rush defense and Dunta/Decoud.

DJ Sniper

November 23rd, 2011
1:10 pm

I doubt he plays. I remember when Michael Turner tried 2 different comebacks from a high ankle sprain in 2009 and neither time worked.

yeahsure

November 23rd, 2011
1:11 pm

He wont play. Why risk it when their season is over. If he does play.. AP, meet Spoon and Lofton.

yeahsure

November 23rd, 2011
1:16 pm

The real question is… will Hayden and Moore play? I cringe everytime Owens or DeCoud are out on the field.

doggoneit

November 23rd, 2011
1:16 pm

We have stopped better backs before! We will be ready. Hey! CAN MATTY ICE make the long throws?

joe white

November 23rd, 2011
1:33 pm

With or without AP falcons still win by 10 or more points we should blow out the vikes period.

Ken

November 23rd, 2011
1:55 pm

Hey Samuel!! Is that all you got?? You said the same thing yesterday! Oh my bad it doesn’t take much to entertain you. Hey have fun.

liquidvizions

November 23rd, 2011
1:58 pm

it wouldn’t matter either way. the vikings have no chance in the world.

Mike is Back

November 23rd, 2011
2:00 pm

Jeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez, is there any level a troll or Aints fan want stoop to…to hate on the BIRDS.

U gotta love it…AGAIN jeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez.heh heh

RISE UP BIRDS…LET’S GO…LET’S GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Falcons > Everyone

November 23rd, 2011
2:02 pm

Simple gamesmanship by Coach Frazier. Peterson’s former Oklahoma teammate Curtis Lofton said it would take a severed limb to keep Peterson off the field but the Vikings’ season is pretty much over, so maybe he would reconsider and come back at full strengh. @ doggoneit – I guess you missed the 43-yard pass to Roddy between two Titans defenders on Sunday, so the answer to your question is yes.

mark

November 23rd, 2011
2:20 pm

good game but im afraid hayden cant go on sunday,chris owens and decoud are killing our secondary,even robinson is playing hard he got and int i couldnt belive it!

Boom Dizzle

November 23rd, 2011
2:21 pm

@Mark — That is a HUGE concern…..Crisp Owens and Decouldn’t are going to kill us when we start playing better teams….

mark

November 23rd, 2011
2:24 pm

@Boom Dizzle

you right a HUGE CONCERN!!!!! im afraid we are the only one who sees this man! on sunday the first td pass by tenn was againts those 2,they dont cover dont hit dont do shi -t

2legit2quit

November 23rd, 2011
3:03 pm

28 had a promising start to his career, I think he has lost some confidence. Same with Owens, we need to hire Primetime as our DB’s coach next year. The talent is there!

SeenThisBFalcon

November 23rd, 2011
3:13 pm

Doesn’t matter if he does or not they still lose 31-7.

FaceTheNation

November 23rd, 2011
3:27 pm

Falcons will win the South. You can take that to the bank! Look at the Schedule for the last six games:
Minnesota=W
Houston=W
Saints=revenge W
Jacksonville=W
Carolina=W
Tampa Bay=revenge W

All the way to the Super Bowl. Go Birds!

loyal falcon

November 23rd, 2011
3:42 pm

Falcons it’s time to put six solid games together. I know you have it within you. We just have to go play hard for 60mins for the remaining games and I promise the team will like where they are.

GO FALCONS!!!

bigslow

November 23rd, 2011
3:52 pm

no preseason has hurt us. we have to get on a run and ride it all the way

Firsttimer

November 23rd, 2011
4:16 pm

If Peterson plays, he might want to text Johnson, Sproiles, Forte, LeBlount and the others who went up against our run defense. I am concerned about the nickel position.

HymanSaint

November 23rd, 2011
4:16 pm

I like boogers.

True Falcon Fan

November 23rd, 2011
4:38 pm

AP bring him on — they need to be at there best — it will be nice to see there FSU rookie QB Christian Ponder play against the Falcons “D”. He will for sure learn quickly how to move around, I’m thinking our D-line may get 4-8 sacks this week.

ernisTbass

November 23rd, 2011
4:53 pm

they need to cure their red zone ineffeciency or the season is over, a running back option pass or anything to leave the opponent guessing something other than Turner off left or right tackle? Cure that disease and the record will change dramatically, even with the defense as is

js

November 23rd, 2011
5:28 pm

ernis – i agree. it seems like we have so many weapons, but are afraid to go to anyone except Gonzalez and turner once we get in the red zone. The few times we have gone to Roddy he drops the ball. If they can start converting in the red zone they will change dramatically.

panic fan

November 23rd, 2011
6:11 pm

we have had same coaches,players,and scheme since these coaches came here the way it looks they have a hard time making changes to the process. WHEN they are asked its all ways correctable but still on most every 1st down and 10 when we start a drive its always mike turner for limited gain,loss then we start
behind the count most time its 3& out punt im still waiting on the correction on sunday maybe santa will bring it

hiramsaint

November 23rd, 2011
6:28 pm

you can probably beat the vikes and you may even land a wildcard spot but all of us knows what happens then … your smitty and matty melt playoff record goes to 0-3

True Falcon Fan

November 23rd, 2011
7:02 pm

We make it to playoffs?? We will win & we’ll probably see the big showdown between Saints / Falcons — hopefully at the Ga DOME……Happy Thanksgiving everybody —– oh wait a minute “NOT JSS” he’s mad, the cat is screamin’ —- “Bring it BABY”…………….

Barry

November 23rd, 2011
7:44 pm

Hey Y’all:

I am not concerned about our FALCONS this “SECOND HALF ” of the season. The offense and defense played superbly against the TITANS. However, we need to score more points in the “RED ZONE. We left 28 points of the board and settled for 4 field goals for 12 points during the game with the TITANS. We have the players to SCORE, but we have to ” DESIGN” plays to make our players score. Now , I am looking to see it “EXPLODE”, coming down the stretch toward the “PLAYOFFS”, this second half of the season. I SEE FUN COMING!!!. I expect more touchdowns and less field goals. Only to use those field goals when it is STRATEGICALLY neccesary.

NOW, I DOON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT I AM READY FOR SOME ” HOLIDAY FOOTBALL” TOWARDS THE SUPERBOWL. OUR FALCONS WILL BE THEY WILL BE HERE IN “ONE HEARTBEAT!!!

NOW, ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!!!!!??????

“WE RISE U’P” IN “ONE HEARTBEAT!!”: THUMP!!! CAN YOU HEAR IT!!!??? THUMP!! IT’S GETTING LOUDER!!!!!!….THUMP!!!!!!!! THUMP!!!!……………….!

THE “PROCESS” CONTINUES!!! IT CONTINUES IN “ONE HEARTBEAT!!!” LET’S DO THIS!!!

SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is a SECRET from a FALCON FAN. TELL EVERYBODY!!!!!

…………………………..”ONE HEARTBEAT, BABY!!!!!!!!!!……………………………

Our

Innocent Bystander

November 23rd, 2011
7:44 pm

I hope he is able to play. I want to line up against the best players our opponents have and whup them fair and square, no excuses.

JMF

November 23rd, 2011
10:42 pm

I have been waiting for Owens to develop. I’m not seeing it. what happened to Franks. This is the biggest problem we have. Please keep S at left tackle. Baker scares me.

Aints Killer

November 24th, 2011
8:58 am

hiramsaint, what happens then is the Aints loose to another playoff team with a losing record.

hiramsaint

November 24th, 2011
1:17 pm

kind of like the failclowns 0-2 playoff record under smitty and melt ????

WhoDat4Eva

November 24th, 2011
7:49 pm

Quoting Face The Nation:
Falcons will win the South. You can take that to the bank! Look at the Schedule for the last six games:
Minnesota=W
Houston=W
Saints=revenge W
Jacksonville=W
Carolina=W
Tampa Bay=revenge W

LOL , This is the way I see it:

Falcons miss the playoffs. You can take that to the bank! Look at the Schedule for the last six games:
Minnesota=W – Sure this one is a no-brainer, AP is hurt.
Houston=L
Saints=L No way they beat The Saints at home.
Jacksonville=W
Carolina=W, maybe….we’ll see.
Tampa Bay=L Tampa wins the rematch

Sorry Birds you have to wait to get to a Super Bowl.
Go Saints!!

michael

November 25th, 2011
11:27 am

Let face it, the only way the vikings win the ball game is if Adrian Peterson plays and plays well

bigdave

November 25th, 2011
1:03 pm

HAVE A NOTICED? NOBODY CAN RUN ON THE FALCONS!! BUT, ANYONE CAN PASS ON VAN GORDER WHO HASN’T A CLUE HOW TO PUT PRESSURE ON A QB. Ever since the first half against Green Bay, the first game and a Falcon win, Van Dumbass, I mean Van Gorder REFUSES TO BLITZ in any way shape or fashion so even he rookiest QB turns into a star. Do not know what happened…are these games fixed?! The Falcon rush has VANISHED…van gorder style! I wrote off these Falcons and tried to stay away, but being with them since Barkowski, FEATHERS KEEP GROWING ON ME!!

bigdave

November 25th, 2011
1:06 pm

GREENBAY GAME REFERRED TO IS LAST YEAR! NO BLITZ SINCE! EXCEPT A FEW TIMES AGAINST BALTIMORE. NO BLITZ WHATSOEVER AGINST THE SAINTS, THIS YEAR NOR LAST….LOSSES. NO RUSHY NO WINNY!