Toby and Adrian out against Eagles
This is going to be an ugly game. Since we have no running game I suspect Casell will get blitzed all day long.
Minnesota Vikings running backs Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart are not expected to play in Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles due to injury, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday per a source.
According to Rapoport, Peterson still might push to play and possibly could even work out on the field before the game. However, team sources said late Saturday that he almost certainly will be out.
This was a mild surprise, because as of early Saturday, players were informed that the belief was Peterson might be able to play, per Rapoport. KTWN-FM first reported the improbability of Peterson and Gerhart being in the Vikings' lineup Sunday.
Peterson has been battling both a lingering groin injury and a right mid-foot sprain, with the latter sustained in the team's Week 14 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Gerhart tweaked his hamstring in the same game.
On Friday, Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said that both Peterson and Gerhart were questionable to play, with Peterson a game-time decision. However, with Peterson and Gerhart now likely out, Matt Asiata is listed as the third running back on the team's official depth chart, with Joe Banyard -- who recently was signed from the practice squad -- rounding out the backfield.
Vikings' Adrian Peterson, Toby Gerhart expected out - NFL.com