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Adrian Peterson could have PUP list in his future

Adrian Peterson, Eric Sugarman AP

Lost in the will-he-or-won’t-he Percy Harvin saga last week, the news about the recovery of Adrian Peterson got little attention.

That may be the case come training camp as well.

Judd Zulgad of 1500ESPN.com said there are signs the Vikings running back could open training camp on the physically unable to perform list.

Peterson tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee on Dec. 24, and hasn’t done any football work since then. He’s still targeting the regular season opener, but Vikings coach Leslie Frazier has been managing expectations for some time, even saying Toby Gerhart might have to “carry the load.”

“He looks good,” Frazier said. “He’s moving around without any hitch, he’s doing a lot of good things. What you don’t know is how he’s going to be when you put pads on and someone comes and they dive at his ankle or they look as if they’re going to grab his knee. That you can’t predict.

“But based on where he is today, everything is moving in the right direction. I don’t know if we’ll put him on the practice field anytime soon when we get to Mankato. But everything indicates there’s a very good chance he may be ready for that Jacksonville game [on Sept. 9]. We’re still far enough out that you really can’t say that right now.”

Frazier’s also saying that keeping the reins pulled back on Peterson hasn’t been easy.

“He thinks he’s ready to go now,” Frazier said. “He keeps telling [us] we need to let him do this, let him do that. I said, ‘Man, you’ve still got a little time here Adrian. We don’t play until early September.’

“But that probably will be the biggest challenge. Just like it was when he began his rehab. He gets out of the hospital, he wants to try to jog. He wants to try to do things that there’s no way you could do. But he’s unique.”

Peterson’s a special back, and there’s an obvious temptation to listen to him. But seemingly every injured player thinks he’s further along than his training staff thinks, and the safer play for the long term (and that’s the way the Vikings have invested in him) might be to give him more time, whether he likes it or not.

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19 Responses to “Adrian Peterson could have PUP list in his future”
  1. agcooney108 says: Jun 26, 2012 11:16 AM

    pray he can come back sooner than later. football needs adrian peterson

  2. jebjja says: Jun 26, 2012 11:21 AM

    If AP isn’t ready, Herchel and Tiki are waiting for a call because they think they can still play.

  3. ike1973 says: Jun 26, 2012 11:38 AM

    I’d keep him out the first four weeks. Bring him back after the Lions game. It’s not like they’re going to win that one anyway.

  4. tecmobowl34 says: Jun 26, 2012 11:41 AM

    AP’s running style will keep him on crutches for the rest of his career. I would bet he never plays a full season again. Probably the best RB the Vikings ever had though. He was incredible for a few seasons, but he’ll never be the same.

    Vikings suck, enjoy the bottom of the barrel.

  5. spartan822 says: Jun 26, 2012 11:42 AM

    I’m pretty sure Adrian Peterson is part cyborg.

  6. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jun 26, 2012 11:46 AM

    Every post about Adrian Peterson’s recovery has said the same thing. “We hope he’ll be ready for Week 1 but we’re going to be cautious.” “Adrian’s a special guy who can recover faster than most, but you don’t want him to push it too hard.” “He looks great right now but you never know until he’s playing in a game.” We get it.

  7. pistolsmoke says: Jun 26, 2012 11:56 AM

    Booby Miles thought he could come back early too.

    Big AP fan though, I hope he comes back Week 3. They don’t need him against Jax and Indy.

  8. foul83 says: Jun 26, 2012 11:56 AM

    Just lean on Gerhart the first couple of games. You’re not going to make the playoffs this year. Don’t want to ruin his career. Guy’s a beast.

  9. sportsreporterusa says: Jun 26, 2012 12:01 PM

    Hey thanks for the information Judd. I heard that the NFL season “could” start on September 9th as well.

    I swear that the state of Minnesota have nothing but a bunch of wusses. If AD gets his reps in come the start of training camp, then he will not be on the PUP list.

    That team does not deserve to have AD and Harvin.

  10. magnustroi says: Jun 26, 2012 12:37 PM

    tecmobowl34 says:
    Jun 26, 2012 11:41 AM

    AP’s running style will keep him on crutches for the rest of his career. I would bet he never plays a full season again. Probably the best RB the Vikings ever had though. He was incredible for a few seasons, but he’ll never be the same.

    Vikings suck, enjoy the bottom of the barrel.

    Apparently You No Longer remember a RB Named Robert Smith ? AP is Great !! But so was Robert Smith ,If you doubt me ? Google him …..

  11. barroomhero80 says: Jun 26, 2012 12:41 PM

    tecmobowl34 says:Jun 26, 2012 11:41 AM

    AP’s running style will keep him on crutches for the rest of his career. I would bet he never plays a full season again. Probably the best RB the Vikings ever had though. He was incredible for a few seasons, but he’ll never be the same.

    Vikings suck, enjoy the bottom of the barrel.

    I’ll tell him to say hi to your mom and the rest of the family there scumbag!

  12. axlviking says: Jun 26, 2012 12:44 PM

    As a Vikings fan…Adrian, PLEASE don’t rush your return. I know you’re a gamer, and you may be the greatest running back I’ve ever seen play the game…but getting back there too early won’t do you or the Vikings any good.

    Going back too early will not only jeopardize the latter half of 2012, but the 2013 season as well.

  13. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jun 26, 2012 1:58 PM

    magnustroi says:Jun 26, 2012 12:37 PM

    Apparently You No Longer remember a RB Named Robert Smith ? AP is Great !! But so was Robert Smith ,If you doubt me ? Google him …..
    ________

    I remember Robert Smith. He was a really good running back but he was no Adrian Peterson. Interesting thing about Smith is that he also had a torn ACL and his best years were after that. By the way, Chuck Foreman was a pretty good RB for the Vikings.

  14. bobnelsonjr says: Jun 26, 2012 2:17 PM

    Adrian Peterson only matters to kids playing fantasy football. He is a non factor in the real world.

    He really doesn’t affect wins and losses unless it is due to a fumble.

    If he is on the PUP list or on the field his team will not win much this season. If Adrian Peterson wasn’t a fantasy number guy nobody would pay attention because he does not affect games (except by fumbling a lot).

    Good teams can change out running backs often without having to pay them money because they aren’t valuable in today’s NFL. Their only value in children’s games like fantasy football.

  15. 28purple4mvp says: Jun 26, 2012 2:54 PM

    bobfathernelsonjr-showing your ignorance again. You sound dumb-How many fumbles did he have after correcting the problem? Here is your answer 1. I think your mom is calling you for lunch. You can tell school is out!!!!!

  16. contra74 says: Jun 26, 2012 3:02 PM

    bobnelsonjr says:Jun 26, 2012 2:17 PM

    Adrian Peterson only matters to kids playing fantasy football. He is a non factor in the real world.

    He really doesn’t affect wins and losses unless it is due to a fumble.

    If he is on the PUP list or on the field his team will not win much this season. If Adrian Peterson wasn’t a fantasy number guy nobody would pay attention because he does not affect games (except by fumbling a lot).

    Good teams can change out running backs often without having to pay them money because they aren’t valuable in today’s NFL. Their only value in children’s games like fantasy football.
    ———
    HAHAHA – only Packer fans can provide delusional comedy. Adrian Peterson a non-factor in the real world? Im so glad you are the resident Packer poster because it really paints the whole Packer organization into a huge shade of shame. Quit being jealous, you wish you had Peterson on your team.

  17. vikesfansteve says: Jun 26, 2012 3:43 PM

    Robert Smith was awesome until he decided to retire after the 41-0 debacle that was the NFC Championship vs the Giants and not give the Vikings a heads up & that set the Vikings back at least 3 years. So yeah a great player who put up huge numbers but left the team hanging in the wind.

  18. khmer379 says: Jun 26, 2012 4:22 PM

    Why would you hate on AP just saying dude humble n professional as it gets maybe they’re just mad that everytime he play against they’re team he beastng it up grow up kids

  19. whoknowsnothing says: Jun 26, 2012 4:39 PM

    I hope he doesn’t rush coming back. AP needs to fully heal, we don’t want him to comeback early from the injury just to get injured again.

    Remember AP, running backs only have a certain shelf life.

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