Coach Brad Childress said he would wait until shortly before the game against Carolina to decide whether Peterson, who leads the NFL with 263 yards rushing, will participate. He'll be treating the muscle extensively the next two days.
If Peterson can't go, Chester Taylor -- a 1,200-yard rusher in 2006 -- will take his place in the backfield. Either way, Taylor could assume a larger role against the Panthers. He has been returning kickoffs, too, and is sixth in the league with an average of 28.5 yards.
Peterson is officially listed as Questionable on the team's injury report. Through the first two weeks of the season, he has been the NFL's leading rusher. With Minnesota at 0-2, a missing Peterson may be too difficult to overcome no matter who the QB is.
Do ya think Childress is panicking now?