Ever since Vikings running back Adrian Peterson tore his ACL in the final game of the 2011 NFL season, he has had a goal set of being back on the field at full strength by the first game of the season, including being ready to go full tilt at training camp. On Thursday, the Vikings threw a bit of a wrench into that scenario for Peterson when they announced he may be going to the physically unable to perform list.
According to a TwinCities.com article, Peterson may lobby against being stuck on the list:
"I'm going to lobby to get out there. I feel like I can participate a little bit," Peterson said Thursday after arriving at Minnesota State Mankato.
"It's going to be their call. My main focus is just getting out there and trying to get myself ready. To be honest with you, I'm going to try to fight against (PUP) so I can get out there and be involved. Ultimately, I know these guys are going to do what's best for this team."
Training camps open for the Vikings on Friday, and the Vikings are expected to make their decision of whether or not to put Peterson on the PUP list by the time the camps kick off. If they do, there's not much that Peterson can do about it except keep going on his road to rehabilitation -- his goal of being completely ready for the first game of the 2012 season is still attainable.