Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  By BRIAN HALL  |  Last updated 12/20/13
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Leslie Frazier shouldn't haveto have any difficult conversations with Adrian Peterson this week.Frazier held Peterson out of last week's game with asprained foot, even though Peterson wanted to play by the time Sunday's gamerolled around. Frazier classified his talk with Peterson as "not an easyconversation" but both sides expect Peterson to be ready this week.Peterson, who is officially listed as questionable, returnedto practice and is expected to play barring any setbacks before Sunday."If everything goes fine tomorrow, he should be readyto go on Sunday," Frazier said.Peterson said his foot is "feeling good" anddidn't have any question in his mind he'd be fine for Sunday at Cincinnati,which owns the league's fifth-ranked run defense."I'm looking forward to playing this week,"Peterson said. "Get another day to rest tomorrow, which is going to begood. As far as the foot goes, I'll be ready to go."Cornerback Xavier Rhodes will miss his second straight gamewith an ankle injury and he's been unable to return to practice. Tight JohnCarlson, having concussion symptoms again after having passed the tests, islisted as doubtful. Matt Asiata is questionable with an ankle injury.Minnesota should get back Toby Gerhart (hamstring), rightguard Brandon Fusco (knee), cornerback Chris Cook (knee) back for Sunday afterthey missed last week's game.Gerhart, Fusco, Cook, safety Harrison Smith (toe),linebacker Larry Dean (knee), linebacker Chad Greenway (wrist), long snapperCullen Loeffler (hand) and cornerback Marcus Sherels (shoulder) are all listedas probable after practicing fully on Friday.Peterson shared Friday why Frazier had such a tough timesitting his star running back out last week. Peterson sprained his foot theprevious week against Baltimore and missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday,but returned Friday and expected to play Sunday."Man, words can't even express," Peterson said ofhis frustration with not playing. "I was hot. I was devastated. I waslooking forward to playing and being out there with the guys. I didn't get myway that day."Peterson had no say in the decision, which he said made itdevastating because he felt he was ready to play."My mind was ready to get out there and play,"Peterson said. "I'm in game mode and then I find out that I'm not playing.No matter what I had to say, that's what it was. That's why it was tough. Butfortunately we got a win, so that kind of ease the pain a little bit."Without Peterson and Gerhart, quarterback Matt Cassel threwfor 382 yards in the 48-30 win, the most yards by a Vikings' quarterback in agame since Brett Favre passed for 446 yards on Nov. 7, 2010.Asiata had 51 yards on 30 carries and three touchdowns lastweek in place of Peterson and Gerhart."That's one thing I was able to kind of take from thegame, sitting back and watching those guys go to work and just seeing howproductive we were able to be offensively, making a lot of plays in the passgame and then you can just add me to that as well, and Toby," Petersonsaid. "It will be a nice balance that you look for as an offense."Peterson is in second place and 122 yards away fromPhiladelphia's LeSean McCoy for the league's rushing title after Minnesota heldMcCoy to 38 yards last week. Peterson still feels the rushing title is withinhis grasp"Yeah, it's not over 200 yards, so it's still inplay," Peterson said.No 2,000-yard rusher, as Peterson accomplished last season,has led the league in rushing the following season. Peterson said he wasn'taware of the follow-up seasons after 2,000, but said he's still trying to chasedown another rushing title."I look at it, any competitor would want to be at thetop of the game," Peterson said. "I play this game to be the best. Sowith that, leading the league goes along. I'm just going to try to do what Ican do, contribute to my team, focus on getting a win most importantly. And ifI'm at the top when the season ends, that would be great."Getting healthy is one factor. Peterson was limited inFriday's practice and he's still dealing with a groin injury."We didn't have him do every rep, but enough where hewould feel confident and we would feel confident," Frazier said. "Soit was encouraging with some of the things he was able to do."Frazier and Peterson feel the groin injury has affectedPeterson a bit this season and maybe limited his ability to explode for some longerruns."It's been affecting me, no doubt," Peterson said."It's kind of been a nagging injury, unfortunately, but I've been doingwhat I can to rest it up, strengthen it, just to maintain it through the end ofthe season." Follow Brian Hall on Twitter
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