Cassel may play the entire first half, Peterson will sit out


Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said it is possible that Matt Cassel could play the entire first half of Saturday's second preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals.

It could be a sign that Cassel is starting to put a little distance between himself and rookie Teddy Bridgewater. Cassel was 5 of 6 for 62 yards and led the Vikings to their only touchdown in the first preseason game against Oakland.

"I hope Matt continues to do what he's been doing," said Zimmer. "He's been making the right decisions, been getting the team in and out of the right plays."

Of Bridgewater, Zimmer said he just wants to see the rookie go out and play.

"He's got so much going on in his mind right now," said Zimmer. "I just want him to go out there and play. I told him that yesterday and I'll tell him that before the ball game."

Reporters have made much ado about the number of interceptions that Bridgewater has thrown during practices this week in Mankato.

According to, Zimmer has a date in mind when he plans to announce the teams Week 1 starter, but he isn't ready to reveal it yet, but reports are starting to surface.

Bridgewater did lead the Vikings to a field goal on his first drive in the first preseason game. But at times he didn't look totally sharp, and finished 6 of 13 passing for 49 yards.

Still though, the Vikings coaches seem happy with Bridgewater's early progress.

Adrian Peterson to sit out again

Adrian Peterson is expected to sit out again. Peterson didn't play in the Vikings first preseason game against Oakland either.

In fact, the all-pro running back hasn't had a preseason carry since 2011, so its not a huge surprise that he won't play again. Peterson could sit out all of this preseason, he played just two plays, but didn't have a carry in 2013.

The risk of injury to Peterson isn't worth the reward of seeing him in game action before the regular season opener on Sept. 7, according to 1500 ESPN.

A few other Vikings are also expected to miss Saturday night's game.

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