EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. —
Through it all, he’s turned what had been a career-derailing injury for a running back — a torn ACL in his left knee suffered last December — into nothing more than a speed bump.
“It’s mental. My mindset, my willpower, my determination,” Peterson said. “And that’s something people don’t see, is how hard I work during the offseason. I grind hard. When you want to be great — and in my mind, I want to be the greatest that ever played — you can’t talk about it, you have to go out and work.”
He’s carried this offense on his broad shoulders all season long, and his teammates are hoping to return the favor by helping him get the record.
“We obviously want him to get it, and he’s chugging along,” Ponder said. “He’s getting yards and I don’t think it’s something we’re thinking about and trying to take advantage of. We do want to make the playoffs and that’s our number one goal and (to) keep winning. The way he’s playing, we hope he gets it. He’s getting close.”
NOTES: Frazier said that WR Percy Harvin, who is on injured reserve because of a sprained left ankle, had an appendectomy last week. ... DE Brian Robison has a sprained shoulder. Frazier said he’s the only player who will be questionable for the Texans game this week. ...CB Chris Cook is eligible to come off injured reserve this week. He hasn’t played since he broke his arm against Tampa Bay on Oct. 25. Frazier said they would see how he responds in practice this week and hope to play him on Sunday.
AP Sports Writer Kristie Rieken in Houston contributed to this story.
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