Minneapolis • Adrian Peterson was held out of Minnesota's game against Philadelphia on Sunday because of a sprained right foot, and backup Toby Gerhart was on the inactive list, too, with a hamstring injury.
Peterson was hurt last week at Baltimore, and he expressed his usual determination about being able to play. He returned to practice Friday, and the Vikings were optimistic about his quick recovery. But because they're out of playoff contention, they decided not to risk the health of the 2012 NFL MVP.
With Gerhart out, that left Matt Asiata, who had three career regular-season carries coming into the game, as the featured back. Joe Banyard was signed to the active roster from the practice squad for depth, and fullback Jerome Felton was expected to get the ball, too.