Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was injured during Tuesday afternoon’s practice in Mankato, and the severity was not immediately known.
Peterson was hurt on a running play up the middle after contact with defensive players. He fell to the ground, got up and limped to the sidelines. A few minutes later he returned for one play, and then a few minutes later he left the field with head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman and went into a locker room.
Peterson is not expected to play in any preseason games for the Vikings and has limited contact in practice as well.
The Vikings did not hold their walkthrough this morning because coach Mike Zimmer wanted to do a more thorough breakdown of the film from Sunday night’s Hall of Fame Game with his coaches. But Zimmer still met with reporters around lunchtime. Here are some highlights:
— Zimmer isn’t worried about the struggles of rookie cornerback Trae Waynes against the Steelers. “I liked what I saw, a lot of things,” he said. “Obviously, the penalties weren’t good.” Waynes was flagged once for pass interference and twice for defensive holding. But Zimmer thinks that the penalties will be a good thing for Waynes because they reinforced what the coach has constantly been telling the rookie in practice. “The whole time when I’ve been talking to him out here a lot, I said, ‘You can’t do that. That’s a penalty,’” Zimmer said. “He’d say, ‘Huh?’ Like that. And I’d say, ‘Yeah.’ They call it differently in this thing than they do in college football.”
— So why didn’t veteran cornerback Captain Munnerlyn play Sunday night? “Well, that’s a good question,” Zimmer said. OK, go on… “We planned on him playing [in the nickel] on third down and we didn’t get any in that series, so,” he said. “And then I pulled the rest of the guys out.” Fine, but the continual inactivity of Munnerlyn these past two weeks remains suspicious.
— Zimmer said outside linebacker Anthony Barr, who has been sidelined for about a week due to swelling in his knee, would have done the morning walkthrough if the Vikings held one and he added that Barr will do some individual work today. “We want him ready when we go to San Francisco.”
— Zimmer felt the starting offensive line did a good job in both the run game and in pass protection. He said the lessons that group has learned in camp translated to game action. Asked about right guard Mike Harris, Zimmer called him a “fighter” and said, “I don’t know if about ‘job to lose,’ but I think he’s done a very good job since he’s been in there.” As for the young offensive linemen, Zimmer seemed pleased with how T.J. Clemmings and Austin Shepherd performed Sunday night. He was not complimentary of Tyrus Thompson, though, saying the rookie “has to do better.”
— Finally, Zimmer said “it’s not critical” that the Vikings carry a fullback on the roster this season. “They have to earn their spot just like any other position,” he said. Zach Line missed the Steelers game with some kind of leg injury and second-stringer Blake Renaud blew his lead block on the team’s failed fourth-down conversion Sunday. Regardless, the Vikings plan to use the fullback sparingly, which is why they parted ways with Jerome Felton.
Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was asked what he was doing Sunday night when rookie fifth-round draft pick Stefon Diggs was zigging and zagging his way 62 yards down the field with a punt return.
“I actually was looking into the tablet going over the previous series that the second or third unit had,” Bridgewater said after the 14-3 win over the Steelers in the Hall of Fame game. “I looked up and he was running down the sideline. I kind of threw my hands up and fell back on the bench.”
The scene obviously left an impact on the, um, graybeard QB, who turns all of 23 on Nov. 10.
“I’m just excited for those young guys,” said the second-year veteran of 12 NFL starts. “We know that in this league, it’s going to take everyone, no matter what age, what year you’re in.”
Diggs also had two catches for 14 yards, while fellow rookie fifth-rounder MyCole Pruitt, a tight end, had a team-high four catches for a game-high 51 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown against busted coverage.
“It showed last year with Anthony [Barr] and myself when we were able to contribute to the Vikings as young guys,” Bridgewater said. “So we know Stefon, MyCole, Trae [Waynes], [Eric] Kendricks, we’re going to need all those guys.
“I’m excited to see those guys get out there and compete for the first time in live NFL action. The sky is the limit for those guys.”
On most mornings, we walk you through what’s going on with the Vikings.
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
— Kyle Rudolph is often in the right place at the right time. That’s why Teddy Bridgewater will often be looking the tight end’s way in big spots.
— Rookie wide receiver Stefon Diggs made his mark Sunday night with a long punt return. Afterward, he was quick to credit his blockers.
— Diggs wasn’t the only rookie who met the hype. So did MyCole Pruitt. There’s that and four of other takeaways from the Hall of Fame Game.
— Reusse being Reusse: “Teddy Bridgewater was close to flawless as a rookie last year, and now he’s stronger, quicker, more accurate, a better leader, plus he has virtual reality and a new pair of gloves with magical powers. Don’t look back, Aaron Rodgers … someone is gaining on you.”
AROUND THE NFC NORTH
— New Lions defensive tackle Haloti Ngata is still on the non-football injury list. But coach Jim Caldwell thinks he will be ready to go by Week 1.
— While Bears top draft pick Kevin White did some running yesterday, the rookie wide receiver is still a ways away from returning to practice.
— The Packers released rookie punter Cody Mandell, signaling an end to the short-lived camp competition with veteran Tim Masthay.
TODAY’S VIKINGS SCHEDULE
The Vikings have canceled today’s walkthrough. They will be back on the practice fields in Mankato for an afternoon practice, starting at 2:45 p.m.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
It was an extremely small sample size, but the Vikings’ starting offensive line allowed just one quarterback hurry and zero sacks in seven snaps in pass protection Sunday night, according to Pro Football Focus. Now, the Steelers’ pass rush shouldn’t be confused with the Blitzburgh bunch from a few years back. But it was a step in the right direction for the offensive line after the Vikings allowed 51 sacks last season, fifth-most in the NFL.