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Adrian Peterson says he’s ready to play Sunday, was ‘devastated’ to miss last week

Eric Edholm
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Adrian Peterson (USA Today Sports Images)

A warning to the Cincinnati Bengals: It sure looks like you're getting an angry Adrian Peterson this Sunday.

Peterson is listed as questionable for the Minnesota Vikings' game on Sunday with a sprained foot but told the Twin Cities media that he'll be "ready to roll." Head coach Leslie Frazier agreed that Peterson was likely to play even though he only practiced on a limited basis on Friday.

Peterson also said missing Week 15's game against the Philadelphia Eagles was very tough to stomach.

Without Peterson and third-string running back Toby Gerhart, who also was out, the Vikings rolled to a 48-30 victory — one of the high points of a tough season — with Matt Asiata rushing for three touchdowns.

Peterson won't get the 2,500 rushing yards he shot for prior to the season, but he still has a chance — albeit an outside one — to win the rushing title. But he'd have to have a big final two games and have the Eagles' LeSean McCoy (who faces the Chicago Bears and their 32nd-ranked run defense) fall off down the stretch. McCoy currently leads Peterson by 122 rushing yards.

Peterson also might want to run hard to help keep his coach's job. He came out in defense of the embattled Frazier, saying he hoped the coach would remain with the Vikings for as long as he's on the team.

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Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter!

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