EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson intends to return to action Sunday, and the reigning MVP hasn't given up on his third rushing title either.
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"Any competitor would want to be at the top of the game," said Peterson, whose 1,221 yards put him second behind Philadelphia's LeSean McCoy (1,343) with two games to go. "I play this game to be the best."
The Vikings listed Peterson, 28, as questionable for Sunday's game at Cincinnati with groin and foot injuries but the reigning MVP thinks he'll be ready to go, and it sounds like his coach does too.
"Based on today, everything goes fine tomorrow, he should be able to go on Sunday," Vikings coach Leslie Frazier told reporters Friday.
Those injuries, especially the foot, kept Peterson out of last week's win over the Eagles, a missed game he was not happy about.
"I was hot. I was devastated," Peterson said of being informed Sunday he wouldn't play. "I was looking forward to playing and being out there with the guys. I didn't get my way that day."
The absence didn't hurt Peterson too much in the chase for the rushing title, though – in part because the Vikings defense held McCoy to 38 yards on eight carries.
"That kind of eased the blow a little bit as well, thinking about surpassing that guy," Peterson said.
Peterson led the NFL with 1,760 rushing yards in 2008 and again last season with 2,097, despite a sports hernia that required postseason surgery. He has battled the groin problem for about a month.
"It's been affecting me, no doubt," Peterson said. "It's kind of been a nagging injury, unfortunately. But I've just been trying to do what I can to kind of rest it up, strengthen it, just to maintain it through the end of the season."
And Peterson doesn't think his latest ailment will stop him against the Bengals either.
"As far as the foot goes," Peterson said, "I'll be ready to roll."