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Preview: Vikings at Colts

Lucas Oil Stadium will be as loud as it's been in quite some time Sunday when No. 1 overall pick Andrew Luck makes his much-anticipated home debut against fast-healing Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings. Luck, charged with the impossible task of replacing Peyton Manning, was up and down in his first start at Chicago last week. He was 23-for-45 for 309 yards with a touchdown and an interception and also lost a fumble. Luck's arrival has provided fans with some reason for optimism after Indianapolis stumbled to a 2-14 season with Manning on the sidelines.

Luck will try to lead the Colts to an 11th straight home win in the series. Peterson, however, may have something to say about that.The four-time Pro Bowler ran for 84 yards and two touchdowns just eight months removed from major knee surgery in a win over Jacksonville last week. This is the first meeting since 2008, when Ryan Longwell kicked five field goals in an 18-15 win. Peterson ran for 160 yards on 29 carries in that contest.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Vikings -1.5, O/U 44.5

ABOUT THE VIKINGS (1-0): Minnesota is one-third of the way toward matching its win total from last season after posting a 26-23 overtime win against Jacksonville in the opener. Peterson’s performance was a pleasant surprise after he’d been listed as questionable the week leading up to the game. The 2008 rushing champion, who suffered torn anterior and medial collateral ligaments last Christmas Eve, carried 17 times and looked as explosive as ever. He said he’s about “95 percent.” The other Week 1 hero was rookie Blair Walsh. The sixth-round draft pick booted four field goals, including a 55-yarder at the end of regulation and a go-ahead 38-yarder in overtime. Meanwhile, second-year quarterback Christian Ponder was efficient (20 of 27 for 270 yards) and Percy Harvin (192 all-purpose yards) was his usual dynamic self. DE Jared Allen, who led the league with 22 sacks last season, didn’t record a stat in the opener, but could wreak havoc against an offensive line in flux.

ABOUT THE COLTS (0-1): Luck was impressive in the preseason, but he quickly found out that exhibition games mean very little. Despite his struggles, Luck showed a good rapport with stalwart Reggie Wayne, who caught nine passes for 135 yards. He’ll also have another option as first-year coach Chuck Pagano announced that wideout Austin Collie (concussion) has been cleared to play. Collie has been out since the second preseason game after suffering his third documented concussion in two seasons. The Colts’ new 3-4 hybrid defense was gashed for 114 yards on the ground last week and it could get worse with DE Dwight Freeney unlikely to play. Freeney is listed as doubtful due to a sprained ankle he suffered in the first quarter last week.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Colts TE Coby Fleener, Luck’s teammate at Stanford, led all rookies in catches (six) and was second in receiving yards (82) last week.

2. Harvin has averaged 103.4 receiving yards and has three touchdowns in his last three games against the AFC.

3. Wayne (11,843) needs 62 yards to pass Hall of Famer Michael Irvin for 20th on the all-time receiving list.

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Last Injuries

Indianapolis Colts

  • Skai Moore

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    Moore has wound up on the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list after informing the team that he will sit out the entire 2020 season due to a personal decision.

  • Mo Alie-Cox

    Thumb
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Alie-Cox has been designated for the active PUP list as he is working his way back from thumb surgery, and the severity of the ailment has yet to be announced.

  • T.Y. Hilton

    Hamstring
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Hilton has hit on the Non-Football injury list while healing from a mild hamstring injury. It is unclear when he will return to the field.

  • Julian Blackmon

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Blackmon is on the active Injured Reserve/Non-Football Injury list while healing from a torn ACL that ended his 2019 season. It is unknown when he will be ready to be activated.

  • Kemoko Turay

    Ankle
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Turay has been added to the active PUP list as he is working his way back from ankle surgery. It is unknown when he will be activated.

  • Jegs Jegede

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Jegede is on the mend from a significant knee injury that kept him out of the 2019 season. The team has put him on the active PUP list for an extended period.

  • Jackson Porter

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Porter has landed on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and there is no timetable for recovery.

  • Malik Henry

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Henry has been placed on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and it is unknown how much time he will need to get healthy.

Minnesota Vikings

  • Ben Gedeon

    Undisclosed
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Gedeon is on the active PUP list due to an unspecified ailment. The severity of it is unknown.

  • Armon Watts

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Watts has been placed on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list and will miss an extended period.

  • Cameron Smith

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Smith has been posted on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and it has yet to be announced how long he will be on the shelf.

  • Oli Udoh

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Udoh is come in contact with the COVID-19 virus, and the team has put him on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list as a result. The severity of the illness is unknown.

  • Ifeadi Odenigbo

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Odenigbo has wound up on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and it is unknown how long he will be out of action.

  • Anthony Barr

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Barr is been moved to the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and it is unclear when it will be safe for him to get back on the field.

  • Quartney Davis

    Undisclosed
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Davis will spend an undetermined length of time on the active Non-Football Injury list due to an undefined ailment.

  • Michael Pierce

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    Pierce has hit the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list after letting the team know that he has decided to sit out the entire 2020 season due to a personal reason.