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Allen, others likely face last game with Vikings

Published: Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 11:12 a.m. CDT

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Adrian Peterson’s status for the last game of the season is uncertain.

“Stay tuned,” the Minnesota running back said.

Even if he doesn’t play on Sunday against Detroit, Peterson will have plenty more games in purple, his health allowing. Peterson has a lot of prominent teammates who aren’t, however, assured of such a future. Defensive end Jared Allen leads the list.

“I’d be lying if I said I don’t think about it, but it’s not what’s on my mind right now,” Allen said on Thursday. “I’ve got to prepare for this game. I’m trying to go out the way I want in this Metrodome and have this last game be something special.”

Neither the Vikings nor the Lions can qualify for the playoffs, of course, so pride, nostalgia and camaraderie are the priorities for Sunday. Allen, who has 83 1⁄2 sacks since he arrived in Minnesota in 2008, tied for the most in the NFL over that span, has an expiring contract.

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