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Adrian Peterson: The rust has been knocked off

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The Vikings haven’t really shied away from using running back Adrian Peterson during the first three games of the season.

His 58 carries through three weeks are right in line with his totals in seasons when he wasn’t coming off a torn ligament in his knee. The willingness to ride Peterson included 25 carries in last Sunday’s win against the 49ers.

He could have gotten even more of a workout, but the team decided to use Toby Gerhart on the final eight rushing plays of the game in an effort to keep Peterson fresh in a game that the team seemed to have well in hand. That nearly backfired after Gerhart fumbled three times in those final eight carries, but the Vikings won the game and the increased workload seems to have convinced Peterson that he’s fully back after the knee surgery he needed to repair his torn ACL.

“I woke up Monday after this game, and I felt like I played some football,” Peterson said, via Ben Goessling of the Pioneer Press. “I feel like the rust is knocked off now. That’s what I needed, and I’ll be ready to roll even better.”

Peterson will get a chance to roll even better against the Lions this weekend. Detroit has allowed a little more than 94 yards per game on the ground so far this season, so they should be able to put up a strong front against the now rust-free Peterson in their attempt to avoid falling two games out of first in the NFC North.

 

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15 Responses to “Adrian Peterson: The rust has been knocked off”
  1. thepvyharvin says: Sep 28, 2012 11:44 AM

    AD will be fine. I’m hoping Simpson comes in and really opens up our offense.

  2. rightwingguy says: Sep 28, 2012 11:47 AM

    GO AP!

  3. purplehayseuss says: Sep 28, 2012 12:08 PM

    Buckle up, Lions.

    GO VIKES!

  4. calbsure says: Sep 28, 2012 12:13 PM

    Well he’s lathered up. Lets ride him. Once he has full trust in the knee and starts the jump cut outside, watch out!

  5. ugk612 says: Sep 28, 2012 12:37 PM

    yeah, it’s on now!

  6. buckybadger says: Sep 28, 2012 12:39 PM

    The guys is super human. Even as a Packer fan I have to say this guy is one of the great athletes playing today. Seems to be a good person as well.

  7. cursedvikingfan says: Sep 28, 2012 12:47 PM

    Correction! Gerhart only fumbled twice, he let the ball go the first time after the whistle blew. So, Fire Goodell, I guess?

  8. mintberrycrunch1 says: Sep 28, 2012 1:36 PM

    I’m a Lions fan, but ADAP might just be my second favorite player in the league…true beast.

  9. gochargersgo says: Sep 28, 2012 1:58 PM

    Maybe the greatest physical specimen we have witnessed to date. I dont think people fully understand how incredible this really is.

  10. jm91rs says: Sep 28, 2012 2:00 PM

    thepvyharvin says: Sep 28, 2012 11:44 AM

    AD will be fine. I’m hoping Simpson comes in and really opens up our offense.

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    You should also be hoping he’s done with receiving multiple pounds of marijuana in the mail.

  11. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Sep 28, 2012 2:18 PM

    cursedvikingfan says:Sep 28, 2012 12:47 PM

    Correction! Gerhart only fumbled twice, he let the ball go the first time after the whistle blew. So, Fire Goodell, I guess?
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    Yes, and the second time he fumbled it on the way down and landed right on top of it. Still, I think they probably worked on carrying the rock high and tight this week in practice.

  12. allen227 says: Sep 28, 2012 3:02 PM

    It’s AP All Day time now.

  13. driveroftheshortbus says: Sep 28, 2012 3:21 PM

    CJ2K has been saying that for 47 weeks.

  14. pleazenufalready says: Sep 28, 2012 3:58 PM

    jm91rs says: You should also be hoping he’s done with receiving multiple pounds of marijuana in the mail.

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    No problem! Sam Hurd stole all of his customers.

  15. potviking says: Sep 28, 2012 9:23 PM

    He’s awesome. He got me into football and when I watch him play you can tell how much he wants to win and it seems he tries harder then anyone else on the field. The prototypical quintessential football player and person Adrian Peterson.

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