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Leslie Frazier impressed by Adrian Peterson’s first run

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In February, Adrian Peterson said he wanted to be ready to play in Week One after tearing his ACL on Christmas Eve.

Everything appears to be on track so far. Peterson ran for the first time last week since having surgery to repair the injury and Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said Tuesday that the session went very well.

“Did a great job,” Frazier said, via Tom Pelissero of ESPN 1500 Radio. “Everybody was impressed. Our trainer, Eric Sugarman, was really impressed with his movement and the things he was able to do. He’s on schedule. He’s doing well.”

Frazier joked that Peterson wanted to run a 4.3 40 while the team just wanted to gauge where he’s at in his rehab schedule. The results showed that he’s on the schedule laid out for him after the surgery, which means that there’s a very good chance Peterson will be in the lineup when the Vikings kick off the 2012 season.

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52 Responses to “Leslie Frazier impressed by Adrian Peterson’s first run”
  1. pacificamjr says: Apr 3, 2012 3:27 PM

    3-13

  2. maverick5266 says: Apr 3, 2012 3:32 PM

    Adrian Peterson is amongst a few dinasaurs left in the league known as a feature back. Their age is over, and so are the Vikings hopes of seeing playoff game any time soon.

  3. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Apr 3, 2012 3:32 PM

    I hope Ricky Rubio follows the same program Peterson is.

  4. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Apr 3, 2012 3:33 PM

    Something tells me I’m going to get a steal at the end of the first round in my fantasy draft.

  5. rugdog100 says: Apr 3, 2012 3:33 PM

    11-5

  6. straightcash844 says: Apr 3, 2012 3:34 PM

    Guy’s a beast, no other word to describe him

  7. ubb44 says: Apr 3, 2012 3:35 PM

    @pacificamjr—you scored a 4 on the wonderlic didn’t you.

  8. kwgator says: Apr 3, 2012 3:36 PM

    Leslie Frazier is “impressed” by ice cream sandwiches

  9. chawk12thman says: Apr 3, 2012 3:36 PM

    Good to hear….Hope he gets back to playing the way he did before….exciting to watch and good for the league.

  10. fwippel says: Apr 3, 2012 3:39 PM

    I hope Rick Spielman is paying attention. Peterson deserves to play for a winner, and the team’s GM basically spends the entire Free Agency period sitting around picking his nose instead of trying to improve the team’s weak spots.

    Peterson’s already put five years in, which means his career is likely at least halfway finished. By the time Zygi Wilf figures out that Spielman doesn’t know what he’s doing, Peterson, Jared Allen, Kevin Williams and Antoine Winfield will be long gone.

    That said, I can’t wait to see AP back on the field at full speed.

  11. pistolsmoke says: Apr 3, 2012 3:40 PM

    Maverick you are an idiot. AP is 27 years old! That’s a dinosaur?

  12. adrianpeterson28 says: Apr 3, 2012 3:40 PM

    He gives it his everything on every down. AD all day baby

  13. 7ransponder says: Apr 3, 2012 3:40 PM

    Haters are just jealous they don’t have a single person on their team with as much drive, strength, and pure will power that AP has. He is one hell of a physical specimen and he’ll be back wreaking havoc in week 1, no doubt.

  14. len462 says: Apr 3, 2012 3:40 PM

    wish they all played the game like Adrian Peterson…

  15. pacificamjr says: Apr 3, 2012 3:42 PM

    rugdog100 says: Apr 3, 2012 3:33 PM

    11-5
    —————————————————-
    you cannot get 11 wins in the NFL with terrible QB play

  16. bdoubleoey says: Apr 3, 2012 3:45 PM

    AP is an athletic freak. The biggest in the NFL. Viking fans cant be surprised by this. He will be in the lineup week 1.

  17. jimbo75025 says: Apr 3, 2012 3:47 PM

    straightcash844 says:
    Apr 3, 2012 3:34 PM
    Guy’s a beast, no other word to describe him

    ________________

    Agreed. Not a Vikes fan but you gotta respect the way AP plays the game. Hope his recovery stays on track and he puts up a monster 2012.

  18. lombardihero says: Apr 3, 2012 3:47 PM

    As a Packer fan I have a lot of respect for AP and could care less what team he plays on he is a Class Act.

  19. bwerickson82 says: Apr 3, 2012 3:50 PM

    This dude is seriously a beast. Tell me one running back besides Peterson who can take control of a game like this guy can.

    On a side note,
    4 Days without an arrest everybody!

  20. cpo187 says: Apr 3, 2012 3:54 PM

    My fantasy keeper for the last 4 years will not be dropped this year. But fantasy football aside, as a huge Vikings fan I hope he returns to form. The Vikes should make him their 1st and 2nd down back, limiting him to 18-20 touches a game with Gerhart/Hilliard combining for 8-10 carries a game and throw Harvin in the backfield every once in awhile. Maybe even Harvin and Peterson together on some plays. In their new 2 TE set offense, they are going to have to find ways to utilize their best weapon (Harvin) along with their strongest weapon (Peterson), and Harvin isn’t really a line up on the outside type WR.

    All that being said, 6 or 7 wins this season would be an accomplishment this season for the Vikes in what I believe is agruably the toughest division in the NFL right now.

  21. jwcarlson says: Apr 3, 2012 3:55 PM

    Good for AP. I’m a Packers fan but he seems like a great guy and he’s a heck of a RB.

  22. godofwine330 says: Apr 3, 2012 3:55 PM

    He’d better take his time and let the injury truly heal or he will end up being like Boobie Miles from Friday Night Lights. Knee injuries aren’t to be rushed or taken lightly. He is a beast and I wish him the best, but he must let the injury heal and not rush it.

  23. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Apr 3, 2012 4:11 PM

    pacificamjr says:Apr 3, 2012 3:42 PM

    rugdog100 says: Apr 3, 2012 3:33 PM

    11-5
    —————————————————-
    you cannot get 11 wins in the NFL with terrible QB play
    _________

    Very, very true. So what does that have to do with the Vikings?

  24. fertacrit says: Apr 3, 2012 4:13 PM

    I am a vikes fan. I find it funny how everyone, including my fellow purple fans are ripping them for standing pat during free agency. What have the top teams done? Not a whol lot either. When is the last time you saw the Pats, Steelers, Giants or Packers make a splash in free agency?? Or even a ripple for that matter? Yes, we were 3-13 and they werent. BUT, they have built AND maintained at a very high level THROUGH THE DRAFT. Like I say in all my posts….PATIENCE. This fast food mentality of sports fans these days gets old. 3 years ago…I’ll say again, 3 years ago we were in the NFC championship. Unless you are the Bungles, there are ebbs and flows to every franchise. I would rather build through the draft, than mortgage my future on a 28-29 year old veteran, who may have 4 years left but get signed for 5-6. Esp for a team that is not gonna win a championship next year. Tell me how it makes sense to have that mindset?

    AP will be fine. Remeber Terry Allen? 2 rebuilt knees and he was still productine into his mid 30’s

  25. khmer379 says: Apr 3, 2012 4:15 PM

    Am sure he can still run a 4.3 40 if he want he still fun to watch he the closest thing to Walter Payton I have a feeling he will be comeback player of the year and will put up at least 1500 yard rushing and 10 plus TD cant wait for the season to start

  26. 7ransponder says: Apr 3, 2012 4:33 PM

    fertacrit says:
    Apr 3, 2012 4:13 PM
    I am a vikes fan. I find it funny how everyone, including my fellow purple fans are ripping them for standing pat during free agency. What have the top teams done? Not a whol lot either. When is the last time you saw the Pats, Steelers, Giants or Packers make a splash in free agency?? Or even a ripple for that matter? Yes, we were 3-13 and they werent. BUT, they have built AND maintained at a very high level THROUGH THE DRAFT. Like I say in all my posts….PATIENCE

    —————————–

    This is completely off topic, but I must indulge. For some of us at least, it’s not that we think FA should be the only way to go – it’s that many of us don’t trust Spielman when it comes to the draft.

    Pats, Steelers, Giants, and Packers all draft well. Speilman’s history is… not so great.

  27. taintedsaints2009 says: Apr 3, 2012 5:14 PM

    i like Peterson. seems like a cool guy to be around.

    also, why do they make players with knee injuries walk off the field under assistance?

    get a stretcher or a cart.

  28. spawn201 says: Apr 3, 2012 5:18 PM

    I for one am glad that we are building through the draft this year. You make a huge splash in free agency when you think your are only one or two players away from a super bowl run. Not when you need to rebuild the whole team.

  29. 86chawk says: Apr 3, 2012 5:19 PM

    Not a Vikings fan but i am a fan of great players and more importantly great people. Adrian Peterson is both the guy plays hard every down and always has a smile on his face. Man i wish this beast was on my team!! Great to hear Adrian! Good luck with next season & stay healthy i love watching you play.

  30. spawn201 says: Apr 3, 2012 5:19 PM

    We did not really have the cap room to attract the top tier free agents.

  31. ilovefoolsball says: Apr 3, 2012 5:35 PM

    He is a magnificent athlete. It’s too bad he’s stuck on that team, he could’ve been a multiple Superbowl MVP.
    He’ll be lucky if he ever wins another playoff game now.
    If the Vikings had any care for him as a person they would deal him for some good picks and players and release him to a team that can compete.
    He is too good of a player to be swimming in failure on a pitiful franchise.

  32. bwerickson82 says: Apr 3, 2012 5:35 PM

    This dude is seriously a beast. Tell me one running back besides Peterson who can take control of a game like this guy can.

    On a side note,
    4 Days without an arrest everybody
    ————————————-
    Excuse me for this comment on made earlier! There are now 0 days without an arrest thanks to the Lions! Stupid Lions!!

  33. Deb says: Apr 3, 2012 6:06 PM

    I love watching Peterson play. Here’s hoping he stays on track and is ready to go on opening day (and that a stadium deal gets done so stories on this team can stick to football).

  34. gdeli says: Apr 3, 2012 6:10 PM

    leslie’s impressed to have anybody good.

  35. gb4mn0 says: Apr 3, 2012 6:48 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:
    Apr 3, 2012 4:11 PM
    Very, very true. So what does that have to do with the Vikings?

    ——————————————-

    You’re so g_y and inlovewithnumberseven.

    Christine Pondexter – 70.1 passer rating.

    Skol vikequeef toads self-deception!

  36. siaaa says: Apr 3, 2012 6:48 PM

    will we ever see Tomlinson like career numbers for RBs again?? probably not.

  37. jamesnieman says: Apr 3, 2012 7:21 PM

    First off (I love football) I’m sure Peterson wants to stay in Minnesota and help them win that’s why he signed a long term contract just last year! As for (firtacrit) the Vikings lost 9 games by 7 points or less let me repeat 9 games by 7 points or less and that’s with a rookies QB with no training camp or OTA’s, didn’t even practice with 1’st team offended until his first week as a starter, NO #1 WR, and not to mention a guy who everyone calls a reach or clams he sucks. With a few top free agents and a good draft Filings could have been a playoff contender.

  38. jamesnieman says: Apr 3, 2012 7:22 PM

    VIKINGS not filings my computer changes words on me

  39. vikesfansteve says: Apr 3, 2012 8:16 PM

    Peterson is awesome.

    But for all those people saying he deserves to be on a team that has a chance to win a Super Bowl. Well he was on that team 2 years ago. Besides the refs being paid off, AP fumbled 3 times including the backbreaker on the 6 yd line right before the half where he could have crawled into the end zone the hole was so big.

    The thing is that was after fumbling away home field advantage vs the Bears & telling everyone he would never fumble again to cost the Vikings a win.

    So AP had that opportunity.

  40. truthserum4u says: Apr 3, 2012 8:33 PM

    @ fertacrit & spawn201

    Let’s see, Green Bay signed some guy named Woodson a few years ago and raked in Saturday & Hargrove this year, while looking at Lawson & Bell as well. The Pats – Lloyd, Gonzalez, Gallery as well as Haynesworth last year. The Giants signed Role & Canty a few years ago. The Saints acquired Brees, Grubbs, Lofton Bunkley & Hawthorne thru free agency. The Ravens brought in Birk & McKinnie. The 49ers signed Moss, Manningham, Jacobs & Cartwright. The Steelers have no room under the cap to make such moves.

    The notion good teams don’t use free agency to improve their teams is a falacy. Yes, you build your foundation through the draft, but you supplement it through free agency. Free agency isn’t just for when you’re a player or two away or when you’re close to competing. Good teams, bad teams, and those in between look at any and all means to improve their team.

    And how is signing a free agent mortgaging the future? Now days even building through the draft shouldn’t take more than three years to be competitive. So the free agents signed for six years should still be in the picture (and part of the process of becoming competitive) when the team is winning.

    If a team is going to avoid adding talented players through free agency just because they won’t be winning the championship the next year; then why bother holding onto talented players who aren’t going to help you win it now either. Using that mentality the Vikes should trade Peterson, Harvin, Allen, Greenway and K Williams for more draft picks and really rebuild.

    And spawn, the Vikings did in fact have the cap room to make a significant signing; they were around $23 million and change under. The Vikings are still $14 million under the cap. Tell me, how does NOT investing that money in good players help improve the team? The money doesn’t get carried over to future years.

  41. purplepridehasadownside says: Apr 3, 2012 9:01 PM

    lombardihero & jwcarlson = classy Packer fans, thanks!
    gb4mn0….meh, not so much.

  42. gb4mn0 says: Apr 3, 2012 10:04 PM

    purplepridehasadownside says:
    Apr 3, 2012 9:01 PM
    lombardihero & jwcarlson = classy Packer fans, thanks!
    gb4mn0….meh, not so much.

    ——————————————–

    Like a 30 year old noodle brained lavender Larry who lives on the outskirts of Wilmer in his mama’s government financed 20 year old trailer with broken down appliances in the yard has an eye for class. Hell, your idea of class is when your mama buys a new pair of flip-flops with flowered straps at Walmart for her bunion covered feet.

  43. markpackman says: Apr 3, 2012 10:40 PM

    Even as a Packer fan, all I can say is AP is a total stud! Love to watch him play, and hope he has a complete recovery.

    God bless you, AP

  44. gpack22 says: Apr 4, 2012 12:06 AM

    I’m as die hard Green and Gold as they get and seeing AP on the sidelines is generally music to my ears. BUT, he is an animal and every single person/fan would want this guy on their team. Say no and… U. Are. A. Liar!

    AP is the epitome of NFL football. He’s a bada$$, tough as nails, and hates losing. I sincerely wish him the best. The NFL is better with guys like him giving it their 150% every week.

    Go Pack Go!

  45. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Apr 4, 2012 12:16 AM

    gb4mn0 says:Apr 3, 2012 6:48 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:
    Apr 3, 2012 4:11 PM
    Very, very true. So what does that have to do with the Vikings?

    ——————————————-

    You’re so g_y and inlovewithnumberseven.

    Christine Pondexter – 70.1 passer rating.

    Skol vikequeef toads self-deception!
    __________

    Nice. By the way, what was Aaron Rodgers’ passer rating in his rookie year? Oh, that’s right. He wasn’t good enough to start until his FOURTH year. He didn’t even see the field once until his third year. So I think it might be a tad early to be judging how a QB is going to do after a rookie season with little talent around him and no offseason to prepare.

  46. grannyvi4 says: Apr 4, 2012 12:50 AM

    gb4mno: You crack me up. Nothing you post makes any sense whatsoever. And at least if you’re going to disparage MN, learn how to spell “Wilmer”.

    It’s really too bad you don’t have anything to say except to call Vikings fans “noodle brained lavender Larrys”, vikequeefs (PFT must’ve made you change that because I remember what it used to be), etc., etc., etc. Wow. Get a life and get back on your meds. And tell your mama to crack the windows open in the basement once in awhile so you can breathe some fresh air and let in a little light.

    The rest of the Packers fans who posted on here, thank you. Some things go beyond rivalry.

  47. deeppurple23 says: Apr 4, 2012 7:32 AM

    Great to hear it AP, I wish you the best and can’t wait until you’re healthy enough to be back out on the field. Be strong Brother, we’re thinking about you.

  48. contra74 says: Apr 4, 2012 1:12 PM

    grannyvi4 says:Apr 4, 2012 12:50 AM

    gb4mno: You crack me up. Nothing you post makes any sense whatsoever. And at least if you’re going to disparage MN, learn how to spell “Wilmer”.

    It’s really too bad you don’t have anything to say except to call Vikings fans “noodle brained lavender Larrys”, vikequeefs (PFT must’ve made you change that because I remember what it used to be), etc., etc., etc. Wow. Get a life and get back on your meds. And tell your mama to crack the windows open in the basement once in awhile so you can breathe some fresh air and let in a little light.

    The rest of the Packers fans who posted on here, thank you. Some things go beyond rivalry.
    ——
    Most Packer fans on here dont even like gb4mn0. Theyve actually disowned him as one of their own.

  49. purplepridehasadownside says: Apr 4, 2012 1:30 PM

    Good call, contra…gb4mn0 is a child at heart, we won’t hold any disabilities against anyone…

  50. purplepridehasadownside says: Apr 4, 2012 1:33 PM

    Good call, contra…gb4mn0 is a child at heart, we won’t hold any disabilities against anyone…by the way, my ‘mama’ doesn’t live in a trailer, let alone a 20 yr old one, and as far as I know, does not wear flip-flops either. Thanks for playing.

  51. vikings101 says: Apr 5, 2012 1:11 PM

    I’ve been impressed since we drafted this dude! He will come back and do all he can to be the same player he was!! hope he doesn’t end up like Terrell Davis!

  52. anthonyrivers69 says: Apr 9, 2012 9:28 AM

    The guy is finished. 27 years old, recovering from the first major injury of his career…. The Vikings might as well cut him now because he is not going to be anything special in the NFL ever again.

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