Adrian Peterson May Play In The Preseason

Frazier plans to activate Peterson during preseason

7/31/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Jun 19, 2012; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) runs drills at Vikings minicamp at Winter Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-US PRESSWIREMinnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier has stated that he plans on activating running back Adrian Peterson (knee surgery) from the active/PUP list in time for him to play during the preseason.

"Ideally, you'd like to see him get some carries at some point in the preseason just for his benefit," Frazier said. "He can gain some confidence and get a feel for where he is and where he needs to be."

Peterson's expedited recovery process continues. After going down with an ACL, MCL, and meniscus tear in Week 16 last year, many expected Peterson to miss a few games to start off the upcoming season. The Vikings are now not only assuming he'll be playing in Week 1, but they're expecting his knee to be in such good shape that he'll be able to play in the preseason.

Peterson is an absolute freak of nature. In his five years as an NFL running back, he has done unprecedented things, including a record-setting 296 rushing yard game against the Chargers in 2007. Seeing him come back so quickly from a knee injury isn't nearly as surprising coming from him as it would from anyone else.

Peterson could end up being one of the steals of the draft in fantasy football this season. As Rotoworld's 11th ranked running back, he'll likely go in the third round in many drafts. If he continues this remarkable recovery from knee surgery, he could possibly end up posting standard Adrian Peterson numbers down the stretch of the season. If you're going through the playoffs with a good-to-go Adrian Peterson that you got in the third round, I think you'll be pretty happy with that pick.
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8/5/12   |   NittanyJon   |   246 respect

Although Peterson is the only thing worth watching when it comes to the Vikes, he should sit out the preseason. Get the reps in practice. Take it slow......