Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is back and practice less than eight months after suffering a torn ACL, and he’s hoping to see how he feels when he takes a hit. But that will have to wait until Peterson suits up against an opposing team.
Players on the Vikings’ defense have been told that hitting Peterson is a serious no-no.
“The rules are simple,” Vikings safety Jamarca Sanford told the Star-Tribune. “Do not touch 28. If you touch him, you’re cut.”
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said he talked to the defense about taking it easy on Peterson. But Peterson is looking as strong as ever, to the point where Frazier said defensive players were asking if Peterson could be told not to run them over.
“Now we have to adhere to it,” Frazier said. “But one of the things they told me was, ‘Coach, you know how he runs. What about protecting us?'”
From all indications, Peterson will be good to go when the Vikings start the season against the Jaguars on September 9 — and he won’t need any protection.