MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 27: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings runs off the field at Mall of America Field on August 27, 2011 in Minneapolis, MN. (Photo by Adam Bettcher /Getty Images)
The Jacksonville Jaguars and Minnesota Vikings enter Sunday's matchup looking very similar, in the fact that both could be playing without a lot of action from their star running backs. Maurice Jones-Drew as it stands will be playing the role of third down back while Adrian Peterson's game time status is still largely up in the air. The Jaguars defense is preparing for a healthy Peterson, however.
"We're preparing for him to play," Jaguars defensive tackle Tyson Alualu told the Florida Times-Union. "He's probably one of the best running backs we'll face so we have to definitely come with our ‘A' game if we're to stop the run."
The best practice to prepare for a player who's a game time decision is to prepare as if they'll play. While Peterson's status won't likely be known until Sunday, the Vikings running back is chomping at the bit to get back on the football field, as he's trying to come back from a devastating knee injury.
"I really don’t know to be honest," Peterson said about how many touches he'll get on Sunday. "I'm hoping if I get out there and they finally call my name then I’ll be ready to go so I’m going to see what they have in store for me."