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By: Aj Mansour | KFAN.com
Eden Prairie, MN - The will he/won't he saga surrounding Adrian Peterson's playing status for Sunday simply continued on Friday morning as the Vikings dawned shells for their team practice. Head coach Leslie Frazier met the media following the team's morning practice and shared that there was "nothing new" in terms of Adrian's playing status.
"Nothing really new to add," Frazier said. "We'll go back and talk as a staff and go back and talk tomorrow again [before we decide].
Peterson has been targeting September 9th versus Jacksonville ever since the start running back was reactivated from the team's PUP list during Training Camp this summer in Mankato. While AP has slowly been integrated back into full practice with his teammates, his status for Sunday's game against the Jaguars is now in the hands of Leslie Frazier, Eric Sugarman and the rest of the Vikings personnel department.
"We're going to go back in and talk some [about Adrian]," Frazier continued. "There's not reason to make a decision before Sunday. We're going to talk with him again tomorrow and see how he feels and we'll make a decision [before game time]."
Peterson is officially listed as "Questionable" on the latest injury report released by the Vikings.
John Carlson cleared to play with "no inhibitions.":
John Carlson has bounced back quickly from a strained knee he suffered during the second week of Training Camp. Carlson did not see time during any of the Vikings four preseason games but is caught up to speed and will be used in the Vikings game plan heading into Sunday.
"[John] had a good week this week with no restrictions," Coach Frazier said. "We don't seem him as a guy who will have to play with any inhibitions [this week]. We'll just let him go and call the offense the way we would if he had gone through all of training camp."
Carlson will join Kyle Rudolph as the one-two punch in Bill Musgrave's Ponder friendly passing game.
Newcomers A.J. Jefferson and Mark Asper likely to be ruled OUT:
After being acquired by the Vikings after the league's 53-man cuts went down last weekend, cornerback A.J. Jefferson and tackle Mark Asper are unlikely to suit up against the Jaguars this weekend at Mall of America Field.
"I think it would be tough," Frazier said Friday. "Barring something unforeseen with the guys that have been here, [there's just] too much ground to make up for the both of them."
Winfield returns to the practice field; Expected to start Sunday:
Veteran cornerback Antoine Winfield returned to the practice field Friday morning after missing yesterday's practice while attending to a personal matter. Winfield is joined in the Vikings' secondary by a young group of inexperienced players and the coaches are looking to Antoine to take on an important role as mentor and leader.
"It's a big deal [to have Antoine back there]," Leslie Frazier said Friday. "His veteran experience in the meeting rooms as well as on the practice fields goes a long way. That's one of the things when we were going through our roster that was a major factor with Antoine. Not only is he a very good football player but he's a very good leader both in the classroom and on the field. It's a big deal for young guys to be able to see someone who's actually done it and had success and model the way that he practices."
Winfield is entering his 14th season in the NFL (9th with the Vikings).
Frazier is not worried about Blair Walsh's preseason mishaps:
Entering his first year in the NFL, rookie kicker Blair Walsh wowed onlookers with his big leg during Training Camp and the preseason. While the strength of his leg was never in question, the accuracy surely was.
Walsh, who has missed a kick in three consecutive games, heads into his first regular season NFL game on Sunday. It may not have kicked in yet, but come time for kickoff this weekend, the butterflies will surely be present as Walsh embarks on what he hopes to be a long career. Despite the preseason mishaps, Coach Frazier is not worried about his young kicker's confidence or accuracy.
"[Blair] did a lot of good things in the preseason," Frazier said. "This is new territory for him, opening game, at home it's going to be a different environment but we think he'll be a guy that can handle it."
Vikings worked out four players after Friday morning's practice session:
As the media stormed the field for post practice interviews, four players could be seen working out in front of a collection of Vikings officials including general manager Rick Spielman and head trainer Eric Sugarman.
There were two offensive linemen (Stanley Daniels and Tony Hills) and two defensive tackles (Brian Price and unknown).
The team is clearly looking add depth at each position following the injuries this preseason to DeMarcus Love and Letroy Guion.
Andrew Sendejo, Jarius Wright and Marvin Mitchell were all ruled OUT of Sunday's game by coach Frazier today. The trio are all suffering from ankle sprains they suffered during the final few weeks of the preseason. Marcus Sherels is back and will be the teams starting punt returner on Sunday. He will also see time in the kick return game and may find himself slotted in on nickel as well.
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