The physical therapist working with Adrian Peterson in Houston says that the Vikings running back has a “different protoplasm than the rest of the world.”
Perhaps that’s why Peterson is convinced that he will be on the field September 9th when the Vikings open their season against the Jaguars. Ever since Peterson tore his left ACL and MCL on Christmas Eve, he has been determined to be on the field for the season opener. Reports of Peterson’s progress have been uniformly positive and Peterson remains locked in on that date.
“What I envision is to be suited up and ready to roll. Full strength,” Peterson said, via Dan Wiederer of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “Anything else? I would be cheating myself.”
Those working with Peterson are trying to balance that goal with making sure Peterson doesn’t push himself too far too fast. Russ Paine, Peterson’s physical therapist, says that he still needs to strengthen his left quadriceps and get his knee back into balance with the rest of his body. Neither Paine nor the Vikings medical staff is doubting that Peterson will be able to pull it off, but they are more open to the possibility than Peterson himself.
“I don’t know how to answer that question,” Peterson said. “And I struggle to even entertain it. Because that’s not the way my mind is tuned in. I can’t let that negativity seep in. My mindset is that I will be there. I want to be playing. Forget what everyone else says.”
No list of training camp storylines to watch will be complete without including Peterson’s attempt at a rapid comeback right at the top of the list.