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.