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Minnesota Vikings: Adrian Peterson strained shoulder vs. Bears

Ben Goessling, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. –

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson strained his shoulder during the loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday, Nov. 25, coach Leslie Frazier said, but Peterson should be ready for the next game in Green Bay.

Peterson ran for 108 yards, surpassing 100 yards for a career-high fifth consecutive game, and was able to finish the game after injuring his shoulder.

Frazier said Monday he had talked with Peterson about his late arrival to Sunday’s game; the running back left the team hotel in a cab at 10 a.m., the time when players were supposed to arrive at the stadium. Frazier said tardiness has “not been something that’s come (up) in the past” with Peterson.

“Any time one of your leaders is not where he’s supposed to be, it’s not good,” Frazier said. “I talk to our team all the time about being where you’re supposed to be — and being where you’re supposed to be on time. It’s a big deal. … Hopefully it’ll never happen again. I can’t see why it would.”

Peterson wasn’t the only Vikings player injured Sunday. Kyle Rudolph and Harrison Smith, who suffered concussions, will have to go through the NFL’s medical protocol before returning. Linebacker Jasper Brinkley sprained the AC joint in his shoulder, and right tackle Phil Loadholt suffered knee inflammation, though neither injury seemed serious.

Frazier had no new update on receiver Percy Harvin, who missed his second straight game with a sprained left ankle. Harvin will be evaluated through the week, Frazier said.

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