Vikings coach Leslie Frazier has already said he’ll wait until game time to decide if running back Adrian Peterson can play in the opener against the Jaguars. And now Frazier says that if Peterson does play, it won’t be the full workload he’d get if he weren’t coming back from a torn ACL.
“We recognize if he’s able to get in this first ball game, it’ll be with limited exposure,” Frazier said. “We’ll talk about it as the week goes on and see how he’s doing and if it’s even a viable option to let him play.”
The Vikings continue to say that Peterson is making good progress a little more than eight months after reconstructive knee surgery, and Peterson continues to say that he plans to play in the opener. But Frazier says that no matter how fired up everyone is to see Peterson on the field in the opener, that won’t happen unless the medical staff thinks it’s the right idea.
“You really have to take the emotion out of it,” Frazier said. “You have to really hone in on what’s best for him, what’s best for our team. Adrian is not just another guy on our team; he is in so many ways the face of what we try to do. We have to be able to see the big picture when it comes to him and that’s the way we’ll approach it.”
In other words, it’s not a lock that Peterson will play against the Jaguars. And if he does, don’t expect him to get 20 carries.