JACKSONVILLE — Vikings running back Adrian Peterson did not play on the Vikings’ first two offensive series as Minnesota took an early 14-0 lead. Peterson has been standing on the sideline with his helmet and doesn’t appear to be injured. Coach Brad Childress did not have Peterson practice on Thursday but said it was to get his Pro Bowl running back a day of rest.
Chester Taylor is playing in place of Peterson and scored on a 3-yard run to give the Vikings an early 7-0 lead. Peterson got in on the third series, an indication that the move was disciplinary in nature. Peterson did not start the regular-season finale last year at Denver after he was late arriving for a team bus the day before the game.
Update: Gus Frerotte is throwing on the sideline afte taking a big hit and staying down with 2:26 left in the second quarter. Trainers appeared to be looking at Frerotte’s left arm and shoulder. Frerotte returned for the Vikings’ final drive of the second quarter.
Peterson update: He entered the game on the Vikings’ third series and had 32 yards rushing on six carries. Twenty-one of those yards came on his first run.