The Minnesota Vikings have been impressed with star running back Adrian Peterson’s progress as he recovers from a torn ACL this past December. Peterson has previously stated that he hopes to be ready to go by week one of the season but the Vikings may have him in their more immediate plans.
If the Vikings continue to be impressed, head coach Leslie Frazier says that he would like to get Peterson out on the field for some live action this prseason. Frazier did emphasize that the team would only put Peterson on the field if they were sure he would suffer no setbacks.
“Now, will that happen? I don’t know,” Frazier said. “We’ll see how he progresses. But ideally, you’d like to see him get some carries at some point in the preseason just for his benefit, where he can gain some confidence and get a feel for where he is and where he needs to be by the first game of the season.”
Peterson still needs to be cleared for practice but he has made significant progress this offseason and appears to be on track for an early return. If everything keeps moving in the right direction, both the Vikings and Peterson will get their wish of having their All-Pro running back in the starting line-up on day one of the season.