- The Washington Times - Friday, September 25, 2009

From combined dispatches

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said Thursday his back injury is “not a big deal at all,” meaning he should play against San Francisco this weekend.

Peterson has been limited in practice the past two days because of the injury. He rushed for 92 yards and a touchdown last week against Detroit and leads the NFL in rushing heading into the Vikings’ home opener.

“God willing, I will be out there playing,” Peterson said.

Even with Brett Favre at quarterback, Peterson is the key to the Vikings’ offense. He draws so much attention from opposing defenses that stack eight or nine men near the line of scrimmage that he opens things up for the passing game. The reigning NFL rushing champion has rushed for 272 yards through two weeks and already has scored four touchdowns.

BLACKOUTS: In addition to Detroit’s game against the Redskins, Oakland was unable to sell out its home game against Denver, so it will be blacked out locally.

The Raiders have had two games blacked out each season since taking over ticket sales from Alameda County before the 2006 season. This marks the first division game blacked out during that time.

In San Diego, the Chargers sold enough tickets that Sunday’s home game against Miami will not be blacked out.

GIANTS: Safety Kenny Phillips will miss the rest of the season with an injury to his left knee.

The team placed him on injured reserve and announced it was awarded safety Aaron Rouse off waivers from Green Bay. He was waived Monday by the Packers.

JETS: Rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez has some tendinitis in his right knee that isn’t expected to affect his availability for Sunday’s game against Tennessee.

Coach Rex Ryan said Sanchez “had a little tendinitis” but fully participated in practice. Sanchez appeared to reach down at his knee a few times and flex it during the 40-minute period the media is allowed to watch.

“It’s not that big a deal,” Ryan said. “He has something. I don’t know how to describe it other than just to say it’s a little tendinitis, but he’s fine.”

COWBOYS: Running back Marion Barber participated in some of practice and his status remains undetermined for the Monday night game against Carolina.

Barber hurt his left thigh at the end of a 35-yard run on his final carry of the last game. He said Wednesday he hopes to play and has taken part in both practices this week.

CHARGERS: Seven players missed practice, including running back LaDainian Tomlinson, outside linebacker Shawne Merriman and rookie right guard Louis Vasquez.

That total doesn’t include center Nick Hardwick, who had surgery on his left ankle Wednesday and is expected to miss the next eight weeks.

LOS ANGELES: The city of Industry, Calif., approved a settlement with a neighboring city that had opposed plans for an $800 million NFL stadium, clearing a hurdle in efforts to bring a pro football team to the Los Angeles area.

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