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Vikings' Peterson pushes to play in Metrodome finale

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The Minnesota Vikings have nothing to play for on Sunday when they face the Detroit Lions, but that does not matter to running back Adrian Peterson. He wants to play in the final game in the Metrodome before it closes.

"I am feeling all right, not as healthy as I would like," Peterson said, according to the St. Paul Pioneer-Press. "I am going to push to try and get out there this week."

Peterson sat out practice on Tuesday. He has battled a groin strain and a sprained foot.

He did not play Dec. 15 against the Philadelphia Eagles and was shut down last Sunday when the Cincinnati Bengals were running away with a 42-14 victory over the Vikings. Peterson carried 11 times for 45 yards but had just one carry in the second half.

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said a determination on Peterson's status for Sunday will be made after Thursday's practice. The team is off on Christmas Day.

Both the Vikings (4-10-1) and Lions (7-8) are out of playoff contention. And it has not been a good season for Peterson, either. After rushing for 2,097 yards last year when the Vikings made the playoffs with a 10-6 record, he has rushed for 1,266 yards during an injury-plagued 2013 season.

"There's not much to play for but pride and each other," Peterson said. "That's what we are playing for. ... It's the last game in the Metrodome, so we definitely want to close it out the right way."

Among Peterson's memorable performances in the Metrodome are his NFL-record 296 rushing yards against the San Diego Chargers in 2007.

"The atmosphere is like no other," he said. "It is always jam packed, and the fans are awesome and just a great supporting group. There are so many memories."
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