There’s been a lot of news out of Minnesota this offseason. First was that Adrian Peterson said he would be ready for the 2012 season opener, while optimistic, it didn’t seem likely.
Peterson suffered an ACL tear towards the end of last season, and his optimism about a week one return was glowing. Analysts for several networks said that it would be highly unlikely for such a speedy return, but in the process Peterson kept his head up and worked hard.
This morning, Vikings Coach Leslie Frazier gave ESPN Radio an update on the bruising-back and shed a bit of light on the situation. “I don’t know if we’ll put him on the practice field anytime soon when we get to Mankato,” Frazier said “But everything indicates there’s a very good chance he may be ready for that Jacksonville game (the season opener.) We’re still far enough out that you really can’t say that right now.”
If Peterson returns for a week one matchup, it will have been one of the fastest returns from an ACL injury we’ve seen on the football field. It also can be a scary situation. The Vikings are rebuilding, and Peterson is the biggest piece to the puzzle. If by chance he forces a return and re-injures the ACL, it could be bad news for the Vikings.
Some still have Peterson slated as starting the season on the Physically-unable-to-perform (PUP) list, but his dedication to get back on the field is admirable. If Peterson is unable to return as he would like, Toby Gerhart will get the majority of the snaps at Running Back, but they’ll surely miss the beast that is AP. For the Vikings sake, if he makes it on the field in week one, I hope he is truly one hundred percent.
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Sports-Kings Senior NFL Columnist – Justin Arbogast @NFLGuy_SK