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October 8, 2012

Peterson ankle "out of whack"; Harvin big game

Adrian Peterson was "out of whack" because of a twisted ankle that required treatment at halftime and affected his ability to get in and out of cuts, the Vikings' star running back said following their 30-7 victory over the Titans.

Peterson finished with 88 yards on 17 carries, a 5.2-yard average that included a season-high, 34-yard burst. Hardly a throwaway performance for someone barely nine months removed from reconstructive knee surgery. But after his 102-yard breakout last week at Detroit, Peterson was left unsatisfied against Tennessee.

"I was thinking about my ankle too much because it was tender," Peterson said. "I had to come in the second half and readjust. I did all right the second half, but I can do better."

Peterson, who was hampered last year by a sprained ankle before suffering his season-ending knee injury in Week 16, said he was injured on the second play of the game.

"I got my ankle twisted up. I couldn't cut and I was trying to test it out. That threw my focus off," he said. "I was hesitant on some plays, but the guys kept me encouraged. I got through it."

By St. Paul Pioneer Press writer Brian Murphy. Follow him on twitter.com/bmurphPiPress

Rudolph becoming bigger part of offense

Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph had 13 catches and three touchdowns in the Vikings' first three games. Then, last week against Detroit, he had just two receptions for eight yards. He became a bigger part of the offense in the Vikings' 30-7 victory over Tennessee on Sunday, Oct. 7, catching four passes for 23 yards, including a 15-yard TD reception. Here is Rudolph ...

On his touchdown: "It was man coverage with a safety on top. Christian (Ponder) recognized the man coverage when I went in motion. He expects me to make those plays so threw it up to me and I was able to go up and get it."

On the rest of his game: "I had a drop on a play in the middle. I need to do a better job of getting open for Christian. We'll get back on the same page this week in practice."

On whether teams are trying to more to shut him down: "You're see a little bit more coverage over the top. It's something we've just got to prepare for and move forward."

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