Adrian Peterson hasn’t wavered all summer: He says he’s ready to play for Minnesota in the season opener.
The star RB, recovering from a surgically repaired left knee, said he has ‘’somewhat” of a gut feeling about whether the Minnesota Vikings will let him suit up for the game against Jacksonville Jaguars.
Peterson didn’t specify whether he’s expecting to play and knows the choice is out of his hands.
”I’m below; I got coach (Leslie) Frazier, then I’ve got the owner, there are lots of individuals that are truly calling the shots,” Peterson said. ”So, only thing I can do is control my part. I have been doing that this week, keep doing that today.
And before the game, I’m going to go out there and see what I can do and with a little luck I’m going to get the nod. I want to play, obviously.”
Frazier has said Peterson’s participation won’t be determined until right before the game, but said a call would most likely come after watching Peterson in practice. He claimed there had been nothing the back could potentially show the team on Sun. to change any previous declarations. Baseball lines
Frazier has pushed a cautious approach, insisting that if Peterson does play against the Jaguars his workload will be limited. Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave announced the team has determined an appropriate number of carries for Peterson in the opener if he suits up.
Peterson had surgery Dec. 31 to repair 2 torn ligaments in his left knee stemming from a hit in a game at Washington late last season. The knee injury, and a prior high ankle sprain that limited Peterson to 12 games, kept him from reaching 1,000 yards for the 1st time in his 5 NFL seasons.
Musgrave claimed he doesn’t have much doubt that Peterson will be ready and the team has developed a plan in case Peterson is able to play.
”We do and we’ve discussed it as a staff, a plan for when he’s in there, when Toby (Gerhard) is in there, when we spell both of them with Matt Asiata,” Musgrave claimed. ”I think it’s a sound plan and it will benefit everybody.”
Peterson has increased his workload in practice, with Musgrave saying he’s received between 25 and 35 carries.
Peterson claimed he is on the ‘’same page” as the coaches and medical staff with the process of his rehabilitation. He claimed he hasn’t felt any pain since returning to practice on Aug. 12, just some patellar tendon tightness which he’s able to relieve with stretching.
The 4-time Pro Bowl back knows the final test will come only from reacting in game circumstances. He claimed he doesn’t have any concerns about playing in a game and he’s prepared to take his 1st hit.
”I’m prepared to play,” Peterson related. ”So that’s 10 snaps, 5, 25, 30, I’m prepared to roll. That’s my mind-set and how I am feeling about it. So, I’m just going to keep my mind, my perspective, pointed in that direction.”