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Vikings remove limitations on Adrian Peterson contact

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Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said Tuesday that the team is still figuring out whether or not running back Adrian Peterson will play this weekend against the Jaguars.

They’ll likely use Wednesday’s practice as one of the criteria for their decision. Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com passes along word that Frazier said during a radio interview  that the limitations on contacting Peterson have been removed ahead of Wednesday’s session. Up until now, Vikings defenders were only able to hit Peterson above the waist because the team didn’t want him to take a shot to his surgically repaired knee.

With just a few days left before the opener against Jacksonville, the Vikes need to check off this box if they are going to put Peterson on the field. Getting through the practice unscathed probably won’t up Peterson’s workload from the “limited exposure” Frazier promised, but it will give the team a bit more peace of mind about even that reduced playing time.

There will likely be some holding of breath the first time Peterson gets hit in the legs, although the Vikings know that these are necessary steps to take before Peterson can be turned totally loose. If it goes well, our chances of seeing Peterson back in his customary role later this season will increase significantly.

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23 Responses to “Vikings remove limitations on Adrian Peterson contact”
  1. drwbrsdmndsnxplntn says: Sep 5, 2012 12:36 PM

    Well, if Leslie Frazier goes down, he’s making sure he’s taking Adrian Peterson with him.

    Reading the silver lining, perhaps we can transition into a passing team finally when AP re-injures his not fully healed ACL on a gosh darn practice field?

  2. vikingsfan1994 says: Sep 5, 2012 12:43 PM

    It’s not even my knee and I’m scared!

  3. rungame8732 says: Sep 5, 2012 12:54 PM

    Too bad AP could have been one of the greats. He’ll be re-injured by week 6, if you saw his recent workouts he had a noticeable limp and unnatural stride while he was running. If you think its for the love of the game its not, its for the money. That’s why players play, non-debatable.

  4. jusford says: Sep 5, 2012 12:55 PM

    The problem won’t be so much a shot to the knee as it will be making the cuts on the Metrodump field while getting contact.

  5. crik911 says: Sep 5, 2012 12:57 PM

    As an NFL Fan I would love to see AP back, when he’s healthy. If he’s ready to go then so be it.

  6. touchdownroddywhite says: Sep 5, 2012 12:57 PM

    If the Vikings were in a different division, I’d say they were going to do much better than most people think, but I think they’re looking at 5-6 losses just within the division.

  7. RUAHORNH8R says: Sep 5, 2012 1:09 PM

    Relax! Football teams employ some of the sharpest doctors in the industry! Do you really think the Vikings would put AP in a position to fail? Makes NO sense @ all. The “ACL , etc” have healed in full. This is not the worry, it is all the supporting & stabilizing muscles & fast twitch fibers that need to be in game shape!
    I really don’t think Frazier is a quality coach as a die hard Vikimg fan , but I trust him more than most. He would gladly be fired of it meant protecting AP. I believe that wholeheartedly!
    Here’s to a 4-12 season. Hopefully, they draft Barkley & a true #1 wideout next year and end this
    Silliness

  8. skinsfan28 says: Sep 5, 2012 1:10 PM

    I don’t think the Jags would have listened to that “no contact” rule anyway.

  9. davikes says: Sep 5, 2012 1:10 PM

    Knowshon Moreno tore his ACL about 5 weeks before AD. Moreno resumed full practicing on August 10, and has played pretty well in the preseason. So is AD allright to play with two weeks less recovery time than Knowshon? I think so. Thumbs up if you agree, down if you don’t.

  10. clw1906 says: Sep 5, 2012 1:17 PM

    rungame8732 says:
    Sep 5, 2012 12:54 PM
    Too bad AP could have been one of the greats. He’ll be re-injured by week 6, if you saw his recent workouts he had a noticeable limp and unnatural stride while he was running. If you think its for the love of the game its not, its for the money. That’s why players play, non-debatable.

    Hey look everyone an Internet doctor and Nostradamus all wrapped up in one!

  11. samapoc says: Sep 5, 2012 1:39 PM

    Having gone through the whole ACL thing, I have no idea how these guys come back so fast. It’s impressive. I think they are just better healers.

  12. flaccotoboldin says: Sep 5, 2012 1:41 PM

    Honestly – there is no way he comes back the same.

    It wasn’t just an ACL. It was a far more extensive knee reconstructuion / procedure than that.

    So the question is – can he be the same AP that fought for the tough yardage, and had finishing speed?

    I think they would be better served to slow him down. But so it goes. I’d rather have AP nearer 100% in a year than at 80% now

  13. veence69 says: Sep 5, 2012 1:44 PM

    “If you think its for the love of the game its not, its for the money. That’s why players play, non-debatable.”

    ______________

    AP is getting paid the same amount whether he’s carrying the ball 25 times a game or watching from the sidelines. THAT’S “non-debatable”..

  14. mvpolamalu says: Sep 5, 2012 1:59 PM

    Remember when Welker went down in week 17 2 years ago? His looked much worse than Petersons because he wasnt touched, which is always a bad sign. Well he came back and had an amazing year. Theres no reason AP cant do the same thing.

  15. Canned Heat says: Sep 5, 2012 2:10 PM

    davikes says:
    Sep 5, 2012 1:10 PM
    Knowshon Moreno tore his ACL about 5 weeks before AD. Moreno resumed full practicing on August 10, and has played pretty well in the preseason. So is AD allright to play with two weeks less recovery time than Knowshon? I think so. Thumbs up if you agree, down if you don’t.
    ____________________________________

    Thumbs down.

    There’s nearly as many degrees of an ACL tear as there is flavors of ice cream.

  16. titogetmesometissue says: Sep 5, 2012 2:11 PM

    They guy hasn’t even taken a real hit in practice yet and we are strongly considering playing him in Week 1 of the regular season. Do we need any more reason than this to clean house on the coaching staff and start over? This is madness.

  17. smalltownqb says: Sep 5, 2012 2:17 PM

    Correction – they are not permitting him to get hit in the legs.

  18. getadealdonealready says: Sep 5, 2012 2:21 PM

    The difference between Welker and AP is the number and force of the hits they will take. No RB is safe especially AP because you can’t bring him down if you tackle him high. You see most teams go for the lower legs to bring this guy down. Regardless of how healed he is, he is a candidate to have another ALC injury because of the way teams attack his legs. With that said I like his chances of being better this year than Charles (guy who relies on cuts and speed), where AP relies on straight lines and power. Time will tell how this all plays out, enjoy the ride folks!

  19. Frazier28/7 says: Sep 5, 2012 2:41 PM

    As if the pointless white stripe wasn’t bad enough, now that collar just looks terrible.

  20. twisteditoff says: Sep 5, 2012 2:43 PM

    i can see it now the jags go out of there way to try and hurt him the whole team goes out for revenge and everyone of the jags startrs get ejected and is forcexd to forfit now that would be funny

  21. wludford says: Sep 5, 2012 2:46 PM

    I expect AP to start against the Jags. I expect him to get 5 – 10 carries, and have a couple big runs that will get people excited and feel he hasn’t lost anything.

  22. fm31970 says: Sep 5, 2012 2:55 PM

    I can’t think of any current player who has a work ethic closer to Walter Payton and Jerry Rice, so if A.P. says his body is healed, I believe him.

    Prove the doubters wrong, A.P.

  23. bodhisattva says: Sep 5, 2012 4:53 PM

    The league’s a better place with a fit AP in it. I wish him all the best for the coming season.

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