Vikings’ Adrian Peterson to play in third preseason game

8/19/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsThe preseason is often that time on the NFL calendar when despite ongoing games, healthy starters are often kept out of action in order to avoid injury risks. However, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has missed one too many preseasons to this point, and right now won’t be such a bad time to grease those wheels.
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier announced on Sunday that Peterson will make his preseason debut when the Vikings face the San Francisco 49ers next Sunday.
It will be Peterson’s first preseason appearance since 2011. The Vikings held out Peterson for all four preseason games last year while he recovered from reconstructive surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee.
Without Peterson, the Vikings’ have lacked a distinct stability across their starting offense, which was evident in the starters’ first extensive playing time of the preseason at Buffalo last week. The Vikings’ starting offense’ various snags contributed to a 20-16 loss at the hands of the Bills.
"Without Adrian Peterson in our scheme, it impacts our offense tremendously because he's the focal point," Frazier told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "Yeah, it definitely makes a difference. That will be obvious when we open up the season. It's obvious if you look at us from a season ago and it showed on Friday night."
In Peterson’s absence for the first two preseason games, only one of the six drives by the Vikings' starting offense lasted longer than three plays or translated into a more than 15 yards drive.
Frazier did not specify how long Peterson will remain in the game, but he did indicate that former first-rounder will not play more than a half against the 49ers.
Paterson is coming off a season in which he rushed for 2,097 yards as well as 12 touchdowns, and was named the NFL’s MVP. He also recorded 40 receptions for 217 yards and one receiving touchdown on the season.
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