Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said he’ll be surprised and disappointed if he misses the first game of the season because of the torn ACL, MCL and meniscus he suffered at the end of the 2011 season, but he’s less confident about his ability to answer the bell for training camp.
Peterson spoke to Josina Anderson of ESPN about his outlook for camp and expressed some doubts about going full steam when the Vikings get to Mankato. The Vikings have said they plan to be cautious with Peterson and while Peterson feels like he’ll be able to participate, he sounds like he’s ready to follow their lead.
“To be honest with you I feel like 50-50. I feel like honestly, sitting here telling you the truth, I’ll be able to participate doing certain things. I think I’ll be able to participate. I’m going to be all the way honest with you. I feel like I will be able to get out there and you call a run play or whatever, I’ll be able to go through practice. That’s how I feel. That’s my mindset; but I’m going to follow the protocol. Whatever the Vikings and their staff want me to do, then I’m gonna do that; but I’m not going to hinder myself. I’m going to let those guys know how I feel, so if I’m able to get out there and get a couple of reps or whatever, then I’m going to participate in that way. But I’m sure they’ve got my best interests in hand, so we’ll work it out.”
Peterson has been running for more than a month, jumping and hasn’t had any setbacks with the knee. He still has work to do when it comes to stopping, cutting and conditioning, but the progress has been steady. It would be imprudent for the Vikings to be anything but cautious about Peterson’s recovery between now and the start of the season, but all signs are pointing to Peterson returning sooner rather than later.