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Vikings allow contact on Adrian Peterson for first time

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The Vikings won’t put running back Adrian Peterson on the field in their final preseason game, which means they’ll need to take matters into their own hands if they want to see how he absorbs contact before the start of the regular season.

That’s just what they did on Monday. Defenders were allowed to hit Peterson for the first time since his surgically repaired knee was healed enough to allow him to start practicing. Hitting above the waist without taking Peterson to the ground was the order of the day and the order was followed to coach Leslie Frazier’s satisfaction.

“There were times there was nowhere to go and he had to run into people, and he responded well,” Frazier said, via Jeremy Fowler of the Pioneer Press. “That was good to see. There were some good, hard hits. Nothing to the ground, just guys thudding him.”

The Vikings will now find out how Peterson feels a day after his reintroduction to getting hit. If there’s no negative response from Peterson’s body, it will be another big step toward a full return come the start of the regular season.

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11 Responses to “Vikings allow contact on Adrian Peterson for first time”
  1. vikings1976 says: Aug 28, 2012 9:17 AM

    I wouldn’t want to be the defender that took that first hit.

  2. touchdownroddywhite says: Aug 28, 2012 9:17 AM

    Everybody shied away from him in my fantasy leagues, and I got a steal on him every time I took him. If he bounces back, that’ll give me two top 5 backs in most of my cash leagues and good bonus right after Christmas! C’mon AP!!

  3. schmitty2 says: Aug 28, 2012 9:23 AM

    I can appreciate the team taking it somewhat easy on AP. With that being said shouldnt he take a few below the waist shots? That’s exactly what oppsing teams will be gunning for anyway

  4. ilovecameltoes says: Aug 28, 2012 9:39 AM

    AP is a class act and true pro, he deserves nothing but the best and luck will on his side. He’ll have a good season and 1200 yds and 13tds is not a reach..

  5. mattolikesthevikes says: Aug 28, 2012 9:41 AM

    AP’s a beast!!! He’ll be fine.

  6. titogetmesometissue says: Aug 28, 2012 9:45 AM

    This is ridiculous. I understand he wants to play, he is as competitive as they come. That’s one of the reasons why you have coaches though, to protect players from themselves. There is no reason to rush him back – he should be put on the shelf until at least mid-season.

  7. contra74 says: Aug 28, 2012 10:20 AM

    AP is hungry for yards and end zones. Go get em, AP!!!

  8. bobnelsonjr says: Aug 28, 2012 10:49 AM

    A lot of wishful thinking here but he won’t get that much playing time.

    He is taken out of the game in passing situations and with the vikings behind most of their games Peterson will not be much of their offense

    But for an older running back on the downhill side of his career and coming back from a severe injury that is not a bad thing.

  9. contra74 says: Aug 28, 2012 11:58 AM

    bobnelsonjr says:Aug 28, 2012 10:49 AM

    A lot of wishful thinking here but he won’t get that much playing time.

    He is taken out of the game in passing situations and with the vikings behind most of their games Peterson will not be much of their offense

    But for an older running back on the downhill side of his career and coming back from a severe injury that is not a bad thing.
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    Say what you want about our RB but at least our QB didnt get a surprise creampie. Well, maybe most creampies are not a surprise to him because, well you know…

  10. lnfinite says: Aug 28, 2012 6:55 PM

    bobnelsonjr says: Aug 28, 2012 10:49 AM

    A lot of wishful thinking here but he won’t get that much playing time.

    He is taken out of the game in passing situations and with the vikings behind most of their games Peterson will not be much of their offense

    But for an older running back on the downhill side of his career and coming back from a severe injury that is not a bad thing.

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    Just admit it Packer fan, you are afraid…………

  11. zygizag says: Aug 28, 2012 10:17 PM

    If he was looking great I would play him more oon grass and less on turf. I would take him off on third and long. If ther game is ever out of reach winning or losing I sit him.

    If he is not look GREAT bench him until he does.

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