When the Vikings face the Bills tonight in their second preseason game, the game plan is that the starters will see at least the first quarter of action as they prepare for the season opener in Detroit.
After the first team offense saw two plays before Christian Ponder threw an interception in the opener against Houston, it isn't known if running back Adrian Peterson will see the field. Head coach Leslie Frazier said in training camp that Peterson would play in one of the next two games.
Stephen Burton and Joe Webb continue to battle for likely the fifth receiver position (Greg Jennings, Jerome Simpson, Jarius Wright, Cordarrelle Patterson are in).
Desmond Bishop has been injured in camp and hasn't been able to show he is completely back from his torn hamstring injury a year ago. While Frazier didn't call Bishop a lock to make the team, his experience gives him a slight edge if he can stay healthy and return to form.
The Vikings and Bills faced one another in the preseason last year with the Vikings coming away with a 36-14 victory at Mall of America Field. The Bills drafted Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel and the rookie completed 16-of-21 passes for 107 yards in the Bills 44-20 win over Indianapolis. CJ Spiller has taken over in the backfield and gives the Bills a bellcow back to help take pressure off of Manuel and tonight's starter Kevin Kolb.
FB Jerome Felton (appendix), LB Jacob Lacey (knee) and DT Christian Ballard (personal reasons) will not play tonight.