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Adrian Peterson emerges from PUP list

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Adrian Peterson has taken a giant leap toward returning from a torn ACL.

The Vikings on Sunday removed Peterson from the Physically Unable to Perform list, which means that (barring a season-ending injury) he’ll be on the Week One roster.  But it doesn’t mean he’ll be playing when the Vikings host the Jaguars four weeks from today.

“I want to caution you, I know there are a lot of fans that are very optimistic and excited about seeing him back but for us it’s just a part of the process,” coach Leslie Frazier told the media, via comments distributed by the team.  “It doesn’t mean a whole lot other than he’s done a great job in his rehab up to this point.  Off to the side with our strength coaches, with [trainer] Eric Sugarman and his staff and our medical staff explained to myself and [G.M.] Rick Spielman that the next step for him in the process would be to get integrated with his teammates and that’s just what it means.  He’s done everything he can do on the side, now it’s the next step in the process.  It doesn’t mean in the future he’s going to be lining up with our team in the opening game, we don’t know that.  We have a long time to determine that, this is just another step in the process.”

Under the terms of the new CBA (which is being honored in most cities not located in Washington state), Peterson must complete a two-day acclimation period without pads.

“[T]oday along with Monday he can do some individual drills, he can do our walk through, but he can’t do any of the padded stuff that we’re doing and we’re in pads right now, so it won’t be until Tuesday when we can put him in pads and let him go through some of the padded work that we’ll do,” Frazier said.  “We’ll just keep going through the process.”

Peterson, who won’t be exposed to fully live contact during practice (Frazier pointed out that Peterson never is), embraced the opportunity to get closer to playing.

“I asked him, because we’ve been talking about this for a while,” Frazier explained,  “I said, ‘Now is your chance to say Coach, I was wrong, I don’t think I’m ready.’  He said, “I’m not saying that, I’m ready I can’t wait to get out there.’  He’s pretty excited.”

Frazier, who said Peterson did a good job of lobbying for the ability to return to action, wouldn’t say whether Peterson will play in the preseason.  Even if Peterson is able to suit up and go as of Week One, it doesn’t mean he’ll be the workhorse.  The Vikings could choose to go with Peterson and Toby Gerhart for most if not all of the year, given that it could take Peterson a full season to fully recover from his December 24 injury.

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11 Responses to “Adrian Peterson emerges from PUP list”
  1. foul83 says: Aug 12, 2012 3:23 PM

    Eff yeah, AP. Come back strong.

  2. bzeller says: Aug 12, 2012 3:33 PM

    He has the healing powers of an alien !!!! Let’s all hope for a banner year !!!!

  3. irishnativeson says: Aug 12, 2012 3:36 PM

    One of the most amazing athlete’s in the game and a practically unequaled physical specimen. In the name of all that’s Holy, don’t be hasty in putting AP in.

  4. khmer379 says: Aug 12, 2012 3:37 PM

    kant wait till Sept 9

  5. esorscher says: Aug 12, 2012 3:37 PM

    I hope AP plays, starts, and is the workhorse back we all love, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see a backfield tandem with the Vikings two talented RBs

  6. hedleykow says: Aug 12, 2012 3:43 PM

    I hope AP puts shoe prints on Green Bay’s entire defense this year. To put it in Arnold terms, Green Bay is so full of girly men.

  7. wludford says: Aug 12, 2012 4:22 PM

    Best way to get AP fully back is just what they’ve done so far, but now giving him some pre-season snaps in the last two games, then if all goes well, give him 25 – 33% of his normal carries week 1, and ramp up from there. Gerhardt is a tough RB too, so there isn’t a pressing need to have AP taking 100% of his pre-injury carries right away. In some ways, Gerhardt and APs different running styles may put a defense off-balance in defending the run.

  8. theboysofdallas says: Aug 12, 2012 5:07 PM

    Wow quick recovery

  9. purplehayseuss says: Aug 12, 2012 6:58 PM

    bzeller says: Aug 12, 2012 3:33 PM

    He has the healing powers of an alien !!!!

    ***

    Peterson has the concentration and focus that direct all of his will where he wants it. Lately, it’s been his knee. Soon, it will be on the end zone. Cool.

    This ability to direct his energy is one of the primary reasons he’s such a total stud. If he were in business, he’d be a billionaire, and don’t be shocked at all if he’s worth hundreds of millions by the time he’s old and gray. And he’ll still, I predict, be able to crush hands in handshakes even then.

  10. bluelifer says: Aug 12, 2012 7:27 PM

    Sorry to say but this guy will never be th same those knee injurys are career killers

  11. purpleguy says: Aug 12, 2012 8:06 PM

    The guy looks great, but let’s just wait and see how he’s doing in week 10.

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