Minnesota Vikings: Adrian Peterson only Vikings player elected to Pro Bowl


Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been named to the Pro Bowl.

You’d think with the successful season the Minnesota Vikings are currently having that multiple Vikings would be elected to go to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl, but apparently you’d think wrong. Pro Bowl players were announced on Tuesday and Adrian Peterson was the only one elected from the Vikings.

While just Peterson alone doesn’t seem like much, the Vikings didn’t have anyone elected to the Pro Bowl last season.

As 1500ESPN points out, it is a little surprising that the Vikings got shutout on the defensive side of the ball, but injuries probably paid a huge factor in the voting process. Linval Joseph, Anthony Barr and Harrison Smith are surely all worthy of Pro Bowl election, but all have been hurt in parts of the last three weeks which was when the players and coaches cast their votes for the Pro Bowl. The voting is split in thirds between fans, coaches and the players.

Everson Griffen and Cordarrelle Patterson, as a kick returner, also could have been seen as candidates.

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More Vikings could eventually be on their way to Hawaii as reserves and replacements for the game. It’s no secret that a lot of NFL players find an injury to skip the game which paves the way for a lot of replacement players.

The Pro Bowl is now in a draft format so players are no longer elected by conference affiliation. Jerry Rice and Michael Irvin will be the team captains and will draft the teams.

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The Pro Bowl will be held on January 31 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.