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7-on-7: Peterson likely to face Philly, Favre to sit (we think)

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As ridiculous as it is that the Vikes-Eagles game was rescheduled, the extra days of rest have apparently helped Adrian Peterson recover from his various issues (thigh, knee). So that's something.

Judd Zulgad of the Star-Tribune reports that Peterson will play on Tuesday night. Brett Favre(notes), however, is not expected to see action, as he's still flummoxed by the initial portion of his concussion test.

Prepare for more primetime Joe Webb(notes), America. If you've still got the Philly defense going this week in fantasy, there's hope. This could be a multi-turnover, many-sack, two-TD sort of game for the Eagles' D.

The Patriots have clinched everything worth clinching in the AFC, so they have the option to rest starters in Week 17 in a relatively meaningless game against Miami. Bill Belichick hasn't revealed any specific plans, per his usual approach, but he did offer this: "Certainly we'll do what's best for the team, but there's some players individually whose situations are a little different than other guys." You'll recall that Wes Welker(notes) shredded his knee in Week 17 last season, with next-to-nothing on the line.

The Chiefs have locked up a division title and a home playoff game, but they can't secure a bye. Thus, Sunday's match-up with Oakland isn't really a must-win. Todd Haley nonetheless doesn't sound like a coach who intends to rest anyone.

"Maybe some teams can look at games differently, but I know our group right now — with where we are in our development — we need to approach them the same way, which is get ready to win and put everything into figuring out how to get to three wins in this quarter (of the season). … We're going to do what we think gives us the best chance to win."

Perhaps they're positioning to avoid New England as long as possible. With a win in Week 17, the Chiefs can clinch the No. 3 seed in the AFC.

One final sit/start note regarding next Sunday's slate: Rex Ryan apparently hasn't yet made up his mind about resting Mark Sanchez(notes) (shoulder). Don't be surprised if Sanchez ultimately sits, along with Santonio Holmes(notes) (toe) and various other skill players. The Jets have clinched a playoff berth, but they can't win their division, and they're likely to get the No. 6 seed.

Calvin Johnson(notes) is dealing with an ankle injury, and he's looking like a game-time decision for Week 17. Lions coach Jim Schwartz has indicated that Megatron might still play next Sunday, even if he can't participate in any practices. Detroit will face Minnesota in a game that should determine last-place in the NFC North, and of course the Vikings will be coming off an insanely short week.

Mike Tolbert(notes) (neck, shoulder) won't play in Week 17, and it's unlikely that Malcom Floyd(notes) (hamstring), Patrick Crayton(notes) (wrist) or Antonio Gates(notes) (feet) will take the field, either. There's nothing on the line for the Chargers, not after Sunday's disaster at Cincinnati.

Danario Alexander(notes) is coming off his best day in the NFL (6 REC, 99 yards), and his oft-repaired left knee apparently held up just fine. He was on the field for 43 of St. Louis' 66 plays, according to the Post-Dispatch. Expect us to be bullish on Alexander and quarterback Sam Bradford(notes) in the Week 17 ranks, as they prepare to face a Seattle defense that's allowed 15 passing TDs over its last five games.

Bonus link: Stephen McGee(notes) could very well start at quarterback for Dallas in Week 17, with Jon Kitna(notes) dinged (oblique). Not exactly great news for whatever's left of the Cowboys' receiving corps. Dallas faces Philadelphia on Sunday, and the Eagles will be playing for a potential first-round bye (assuming they beat Minnesota).

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