Star running back Adrian Peterson has missed a second day of Minnesota Vikings practice and the franchise is citing personal reasons for his continued absence.
The team will face the Kansas City Chiefs in their third pre-season game, however the team do believe that they will have their franchise half back in attendance for the upcoming contest.
Peterson has now missed mandatory practice for the Vikings on both Wednesday and Thursday of this week, the team released a statement explaining that the player was absent for personal reasons but would not clarify the specific issue.
The running back has also missed the first two pre-season games for the Vikings when they played the Oakland Raiders on the 8th August and the Arizona Cardinals on August 16.
Although head coach Mike Zimmer has expressed a desire to shield their franchise star away from injury before the regular season and has hinted that Peterson will not take any part in the final two pre-season games.
Zimmer explained how he didn't feel a need to see his star running back play for him much at all during the exhibition season.
Without Peterson in the starting line-up, it gives back-up running back Matt Asiata a chance to shine as he will control the majority of the workload running the football.
The Vikings are scheduled to play the Kansas City Chiefs this Saturday in the third pre-season fixture, franchises begin to whittle down their rosters towards the desired target of 53 players.
Meaning it becomes crunch time for players who are hoping to make the roster to really show what they can offer their NFL teams.
In other Vikings news, linebacker Chad Greenway did return to practice on Thursday after sitting out on Wednesday to rest a sore wrist.