MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 9: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings runs against the Jacksonville Jaguars during NFL opening day September 9, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Jaguars 26-23 in overtime. (Photo by Andy King/Getty Images)

Adrian Peterson Injury Seems To Be A Thing Of The Past

Adrian Peterson looked healthy on Sunday afternoon on his way to two touchdowns and, in even better news, he felt fine on Monday as well.

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Adrian Peterson Likely To Be Game-Time Decision

Adrian Peterson's status was supposed to be decided by Saturday morning, but it's looking more and more likely like he'll be a game-time decision. Head coach Leslie Frazier said it just doesn't make sense to make a decision sooner than he has to regarding the Minnesota Vikings' All-Pro running back.

Peterson has said he's ready to play, but the Vikings have decided to wait ... and wait, according to Frazier.

"There's no reason to make a decision before Sunday," Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said after today's practice. "We're going to talk with him again tomorrow to see how he feels."

Until Thursday, Frazier had been saying it would be a game-time decision. But Thursday came and he said the team would know Friday night or Saturday whether Peterson will play.

It'll be interesting to see the final decision, but it sounds like he'll play regardless -- the only thing still up in the air is likely how much he plays.

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Adrian Peterson To Dress For Vikings Final Preseason Games

Adrian Peterson will be in uniform for Friday night's preseason game between the Minnesota VIkings and San Diego Chargers. Unfortunately for the paying customers, however, No. 28 will remain on the sidelines once the Vikings' penultimate preseason game begins.

Peterson will take part in pre-game warmups, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, but the plan hasn't changed regarding the Vikings' decision to keep him on the sidelines for the final two preseason games of the year.

In addition to reporting on Peterson's expected attire for Friday night, Mortensen also reports that he's expected to take some contact next week.

That should alleviate some concern from those worried that Peterson needed live carries in the preseason, but we're going to assume his teammates might be a bit nicer than those paid by other teams to tackle running backs.

For more Vikings news and analysis as well as the latest news on Adrian Peterson, be sure to visit Daily Norseman. Head over to SB Nation's Minnesota's Training Camp StoryStream for more training camp coverage. Also make sure to check out SB Nation's NFL hub for more football news.


Adrian Peterson Injury: Sitting Out Preseason 'Right Thing To Do,' According To Coach

News broke on the Adrian Peterson injury front early in the week when it was reported that the Minnesota Vikings planned for the All-Pro running back to sit out the entire preseason. The Vikings decided to make it official on Tuesday, though, saying it was the right thing to do.

There had been some speculation that Peterson wasn't on board with sitting on the sidelines after returning to practice last week -- ahead of schedule, no less -- but the Star Tribune's quotes from Leslie Frazier following practice on Tuesday seems to show that Peterson is (kind of) okay with the rest.

"Hopefully there won't be any setbacks. There haven't been to this point. He's continued to progress. And everything has gone better than can be expected up to this point. But this is a decision we made. We talked with him about it. And for the first time in our conversations, he kind of seemed like he understood. He even used the word ‘patience.' And I was like, ‘Wow. Finally. It's clicking.' He's on board, everybody's on board. This is the right thing to do."

Interesting quote from Frazier, to be sure, but it's probably good that Peterson's decided he's okay with resting on gamedays for the next couple of weeks until the games actually start to matter.

For more Vikings news and analysis as well as the latest news on Adrian Peterson, be sure to visit Daily Norseman. Head over to SB Nation's Minnesota's Training Camp StoryStream for more training camp coverage. Also make sure to check out SB Nation's NFL hub for more football news.


Adrian Peterson Injury: Vikings Won't Play Running Back In Preseason, According To Report

All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson won't see any game action until the regular season, as the Vikings have opted to hold their star player out of the final two preseason games, according to the Star Tribune.

Peterson is recovering from reconstructive surgery on a torn ACL and MCL he suffered in his left knee last season during a Dec. 24 game against the Redskins. He had hoped to see some playing time in the preseason to get back into the flow of the game, but now it looks as if he'll have to wait until the season opener on Sept. 9 against Jacksonville.

Peterson has made an incredible recovery from his injury and has participated in four practices in full pads, but has yet to practice with contact. The Vikings are playing it safe by holding Peterson out of the Aug. 24 game against the Chargers and the preseason finale on Aug. 30 in Houston.

For more on Peterson and the Vikings; check out Daily Norseman and SB Nation Minnesota.


Adrian Peterson Returns To Practice, Defies The Odds Again

Less than eight months after tearing his ACL, his MCL, and his meniscus, Adrian Peterson is ready to resume full contact practices at Minnesota Vikings training camp. If you think that's crazy, then you don't know Adrian Peterson.


Can Adrian Peterson Still Be The Best Running Back In The NFL?

Adrian Peterson has widely been considered the best back in the NFL for the past few years. But after AP blew out his knee late last season, he appears to have relinquished the crown. Will he ever be able to get the title back?


Adrian Peterson Injury Update: Vikings Back Running In Water

Adrian Peterson won't be back on a football field any time soon, but his recovery from a late season torn ACL is starting to pick up.

After Peterson said that he wanted to start running again two weeks ago, coach Leslie Frazier raised concerns at the combine about his treatment being a bit rushed and told Peterson not to rush it. Twincities.com reports that instead of just running on the ground, Peterson has instead switched over to doing some running in the water, a much easier exercise on the legs.

Peterson is currently spending the week in Minnesota as his rehab continues to try and get himself back in shape for the 2012 season. If he doesn't rush things with his recovery, he won't be back for the start of the season but is far more likely to be back to his old, dominant self when he does come back.

For more on Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings, head over to The Daily Norseman. For more on the NFL in general, head to the SB Nation NFL hub at sbnation.com/NFL.


Adrian Peterson Injury: Leslie Frazier Says Peterson Won't Run Any Time Soon

Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson has felt good about his recovery from major surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in his left knee. So good in fact that Peterson recently implied he would be expanding his rehab routine to begin running by the end of February.

Head coach Leslie Frazier, speaking at the NFL Combine on Friday, made a point to downplay those expectation by reiterating the severity of Peterson's injury, according to a report from 1500 ESPN.

"He's starting to get it now," Frazier said on Friday at the NFL scouting combine. "Early on, he wasn't quite getting it. This is a serious injury. You've got to go at the pace they're telling you to go, because he wanted to break all these records. But now he's getting it. He's doing what they're asking him to do, and he's on target to get back and play again and play well."

Frazier talked with Peterson about the running back's recovery on Thursday to make sure he stuck to the rehab program prescribed to get Peterson back on the field in the best shape possible. According to Frazier, that means Peterson shouldn't expect to run until the "fourth or fifth month" following surgery which puts him into April or May.

At this point in the year there is nothing gained by rushing the rehab process since the goal is to be on the field for the NFL season at the end of the year.

For more on the Minnesota Vikings, go to Daily Norseman. You can also get all of your professional football news over at SB Nation's NFL hub.


Adrian Peterson Placed On Injured Reserve As Minnesota Vikings Sign Caleb King

Adrian Peterson's knee injury has landed the All-Pro running back on the injured reserve, effectively ending the season for the Minnesota Vikings running back. In a corresponding move, the Vikings signed Caleb King from the team's practice squad.

Peterson's season ended with a torn ACL, a torn ACL and further damage to his meniscus as well, and while his status for the beginning of next season could be in doubt, Peterson put forth a solid effort this season for a losing team. The fifth-year pro ran for 970 yards and 12 touchdowns in 12 games for the Vikings, overcoming a high ankle sprain before the knee injury took him out of action for good.

King has yet to make his NFL debut after being a player on the Vikings practice squad thus far this season, but the rookie running back carried the ball 80 times for 430 yards for the Georgia Bulldogs last season.

The Vikings also waived tight end Allen Reisner on Monday while promoting Mickey Shuler from the practice squad.


Adrian Peterson Injury: Vikings RB Comments On Torn MCL, ACL

The Minnesota Vikings picked up a victory over the Washington Redskins this weekend in what Christopher Gates termed a "costly victory," but there was news worse than the Vikings playing their way out of prime position in next year's NFL Draft. That would be of course, the Adrian Peterson injury that happened in the third quarter when the Vikings running back tore both his ACL and MCL.

Peterson has been injured a couple of times this season, mostly notably missing games due to a high ankle sprain, but the veteran All-Pro knew that Sunday's injury was worse.

"Oh Lord. I just knew it was something bad," Peterson said, recalling his initial reaction, to 1500 ESPN. "it was very severe, the pain was. Once it kind of eased up, I was able to kind of roll around and kind of grasp what just took place."

It's an injury that has some in doubt about Peterson's availability for the early portion of next season, but Peterson himself said he wouldn't do anything different.

"No, not at all. I felt like I was healthy enough to go and be productive. As you guys see in the first half, I was being productive. I felt good coming out the second half, man. I just had more energy and I was ready to really get things going. But unfortunately, it was cut short on the first play."

The Vikings will end their schedule at home on New Year's Day in a contest against the Chicago Bears.


Adrian Peterson Injury Update: Vikings RB To Have MRI On Knee Saturday Night

Minnesota Vikings fans will likely not have to wait long to find out the fate of running back Adrian Peterson. The Vikings' staff has released that he will have an MRI on Saturday evening, and that will determine the course of treatment for the back:

Logo4_normal Peterson will have an MRI on his knee tonight per Frazier. - @VikingsFootball via Twitter

Peterson appeared to have a significant knee injury when he was hit by DeJon Gomes on the first offensive play of the second half. Quarterback Christian Ponder was knocked from the game with a concussion one play later, but the Vikings still went on to earn the victory.

Neither player returned, and it is highly doubtful that Peterson will now play in next week's season finale against the Chicago Bears. Peterson had rushed for 38 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries when he left the game. Toby Gerhart ran for 109 yards in Peterson's place.

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