It's still a cautiously optimistic guess to say that Adrian Peterson is going to be ready for Week One in the 2012 NFL season for the Minnesota Vikings, but his recovery from a late season torn ACL appears to be going swimmingly. Or more accurately, less swimmingly since Peterson has been cleared to stop running only in water and start doing land running.
Leslie Frazier told NFL.com that Adrian had already begun doing some light work on land and that we would have a more solid idea on how his recovery from the ACL tear was going in a week or two.
Peterson is "just beginning to run this week on land," Frazier said Wednesday while addressing reporters at the meeting. "It's too early right now to say he's absolutely going to make the first game but so far he's on target with everything we've asked him to do."
Obviously, having one of the best backs in the NFL for Week One would be a big help to the Vikings as they look to improve on their fortunes from 2011, but ACL tears are not recoveries to be rushed. There's still plenty of time before training camps open for the 2012 season, so we'll just have to wait and see.