Adrian Peterson wanted to tote the rock more

The Minnesota Vikings finally got Adrian Peterson back after a high ankle sprain sidelined him for three games, and when he returned they hardly used him.

The franchise running back carried the ball only 10 times in Sunday’s 42-20 loss to the New Orleans Saints at the Metrodome. It’s hard to track up a lot of carries when the games is lopsided, and that is precisely what happened early in the third quarter of the game.

I don't know how to explain 10 carries," said Peterson, according to Judd Zulgad of ESPN 1500 in the Twin Cities. "I don't know. I was ready to roll. I just do my job when I'm called upon. I go out there and try to execute. The game, we got behind, so we kind of had to turn more into a passing team but that didn't work either."

Peterson gained 60 yards in the game, and he’s a valuable player to take pressure off of starting quarterback Christian Ponder.

He was asked if he was upset.

“A little bit,” he responded. “(I) finally get back. But then again we got down so we had to start passing the (ball) a little more. It was more understandable then. I don't know. I don't know what goes through the coaches' mind.

"They knew I had the injuries so maybe different plays they wanted to keep me out. I'm sure they didn't expect the game to get out of hand like it did. I'm sure they had a strategy in mind, tJust unfortunately we got down ... when we did, it happened pretty quick so they had to switch it up."

Look for Peterson to get more work in the next two games, and the Vikings were probably smart in limiting him somewhat.

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