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Vikings will hold Adrian Peterson out for the preseason

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The Vikings will play it safe with running back Adrian Peterson’s surgically repaired knee, holding him out of the preseason in an effort to ensure that he’s healthy when the regular season starts.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Peterson will not see any action in either of the Vikings’ two remaining preseason games, but the team remains confident that Peterson will be good to go on September 9, when the Vikings open the regular season against the Jaguars.

Peterson, who suffered a torn ACL eight months ago in Week 16 of the regular season, has maintained all along that he’d be ready to play when the 2012 season started, and he’s been eager enough to play that the talk out of Minnesota has mostly focused on the coaching and training staffs’ effort’s to rein him in to keep him from overdoing it.

Although Peterson has said he would like to test his knee out in live game action before the regular season starts, it appears that the first hit he’ll take will come in Week One. Which is still earlier than many predicted when Peterson suffered that injury late last season.

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15 Responses to “Vikings will hold Adrian Peterson out for the preseason”
  1. spkriegs says: Aug 21, 2012 12:40 PM

    If they considered playing him in the preseason for even one second, then they are idiots.

  2. titogetmesometissue says: Aug 21, 2012 12:45 PM

    Frankly, why even risk him at all? Shut him down for the first half of the season so he can fully recover and then give him 8 weeks to get back in game mode for next season.

  3. mvp43 says: Aug 21, 2012 12:46 PM

    Smart move on the Vikes part. You’d like to be able to knock the rust off a bit, but hate to have another injury in pre season.

    Either way they should limit his carries big time. These injuries take time to heal and one wrong move and he’s done.

  4. insanelomein2 says: Aug 21, 2012 12:51 PM

    My recommendation would be to place him on the PUP list and let him come back middle of the season.

    Right now all Viking fans have to cheer about is AP and Jared Allen.

  5. zoxitic says: Aug 21, 2012 1:00 PM

    Sure, let his 1st game be against the Jaguar’s vaunted defense. I’m sure that will go great.

  6. fwippel says: Aug 21, 2012 1:08 PM

    This is the right move. Once the regular season starts, I don’t see Peterson getting more than 10 carries for the first three or four games.

  7. purpleguy says: Aug 21, 2012 1:08 PM

    So “all the Vikings have to cheer about is AP and Jared Allen” huh? Well, the team isn’t set for the Super Bowl, but I’m looking forward to watching Percy Harvin, Kyle Rudolph, Kallil, Simpson, Kevin Williams, Winfield and Greenway too — not to mention Ragnar and the fat cheeser chicks in polyester holding a beer and 2 food items when they waddle in to the Vike’s-Pack game.

  8. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Aug 21, 2012 1:09 PM

    He’s probably ready to go right now, but if he got hurt in a preseason game, Frazier would be done.

  9. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Aug 21, 2012 1:45 PM

    Hold him out, don’t hold him out. Who cares? It’s not going to change the fact that your team is terrible and you’ve wasted peterson’s career.

  10. contra74 says: Aug 21, 2012 2:00 PM

    Good call!

    No sense in taking the Ferarri out for a spin while it’s raining outside.

  11. contra74 says: Aug 21, 2012 3:03 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:Aug 21, 2012 1:45 PM

    Hold him out, don’t hold him out. Who cares? It’s not going to change the fact that your team is terrible and you’ve wasted peterson’s career.
    ——-
    Its also not going to change the fact that the Packers D is horrible and will cause the team to fail tremendously this season.

  12. favreblows says: Aug 21, 2012 4:17 PM

    Yeah…..this goes back to what I have been saying for years. The Vikes blew it big time when they didn’t trade AP. Now they are stuck with damaged goods. One thing that will be interesting to see this year is by how many yards CedBen outgains AllDay. Think about it. CedBen is a workhorse and is going to get carries all year long. AllDay will be limited for a while, and then won’t be as effective due to the bum knee.

    CedBen–1350 yards
    AllDay–785 yards

    Book it.

  13. contra74 says: Aug 21, 2012 5:04 PM

    favreblows says:Aug 21, 2012 4:17 PM

    Yeah…..this goes back to what I have been saying for years. The Vikes blew it big time when they didn’t trade AP. Now they are stuck with damaged goods. One thing that will be interesting to see this year is by how many yards CedBen outgains AllDay. Think about it. CedBen is a workhorse and is going to get carries all year long. AllDay will be limited for a while, and then won’t be as effective due to the bum knee.

    CedBen–1350 yards
    AllDay–785 yards

    Book it.
    ——
    CedBen huh, thats your name for him? Did you guys decide that over a beer? Its real cute, keep it up.

    I guess you forgot that the packers are a pass first offense and for good reason. No way your “CedBen” gets more yards than All Day .

  14. ben1332 says: Aug 21, 2012 5:33 PM

    “Cedric Benson’s career 3.8 YPC coupled with the 3.9 YPC that Green Bay averaged last season means that he’d have to carry the ball about 350 times to manage 1350 yards. The Packers had 395 rushing attempts last year with Flynn, Kuhn and Rodgers having 103. The most Benson’s ever carried is 321. I hope they do change their entire offensive philosophy to suit Cedric Benson” said Ben

  15. zygizag says: Aug 21, 2012 10:50 PM

    Maybe he goes another 6 years and never has another injury. Maybe he goes out and get injured on his first play. No one knows. If the docs and the medical staff say that he is ready to hammer away and and get hammered then you go with that.

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