Ever since having reconstructive knee surgery Minnesota Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson set his eyes on a week 1 return. The Pro Bowl running back has every intention to play the season opener against Jacksonville and has taken yet another step towards his goal.
A little over a week ago Peterson took his first contact at practice since December after having reconstructive surgery on his left knee. Although none of his teammates dared attempt any low hits on him, he was still taking contract for this first time. This week at practice he will be challenged as he will get pushed around, but no low leg shots will be allowed – as if for all players.
“We won’t go to the ground. We won’t tackle below the waist. We won’t hit below the waist, none of that.” Frazier said.
The former Oklahoma Sooner will be getting a lot of reps this week during practice to see what he is capable of handling. He needs to show how well he can respond and recover from hits to show the Vikings he is capable or playing against the Jaguars.
“We’ve got quite a few plays designed for him in practice”, said coach Leslie Frazier, “and see how he responds and see what he has to say (Thursday) when we come back. But we really want to put him through the paces and just see how he responds.”
Peterson will be a game-day decision and will most likely see limited action no matter how he responds from the hits.