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Adrian Peterson Injury: Vikings RB Still Targeting 2012 Opener For Return

Just about two weeks after a successful surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament, Adrian Peterson took some time to speak with the media. According to the Pioneer Press, Peterson fully expects to be back by the start of the 2012 season, echoing his sentiments shortly after his injury.

The normal recovery time for an injury like this actually varies, with the start of the 2012 season as good a measuring stick as any. Some has guessed that he'll be ready before than, while others insist that it could take much longer than that. The average time for athletes would put him just beyond the beginning of the 2012 season, though it could take much longer than that for him to feel 100 percent.

Either way, the Vikings aren't planning to rush him. Vikings trainer Eric Sugarman is adamant that Peterson remain patient and continue to follow protocol. He said that they're not in a race, and rushing Peterson back too soon could be disastrous, for the running back and the entire football team.

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