With all the talk about whether or not Vikings running back Adrian Peterson would play on the first Sunday of the 2012 regular season, the real question is when the decision finally was made that he would go.
Friday? Saturday? Sunday?
Peterson told PFT after the game that the decision was made — by him — the day after he had surgery in December to repair the torn ACL and MCL.
It was Peterson’s determination that not only got him ready to play but also to contribute. He said that, as the game went on, the knee loosened up. And while he said coach Leslie Frazier was the hardest person to persuade as Peterson tried to get a meaningful role in his first game back, Peterson explained that, after the first couple of carries he felt good and starting aggressively seeking out more reps.
Peterson got more, 17 in all. And he added a 10-yard run and a 20-yard run in overtime, which gave the Vikings a go-ahead field goal.
Peterson knew that the new rule gave the Jaguars another chance. But not everyone did; Peterson said Percy Harvin thought the game was over as the ball sailed through the uprights on a 38-yard kick from rookie Blair Walsh.