In what is not the most shocking of news, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is getting back to his old self quicker than some expected. According to a report from ESPN Twin Cites, Peterson raced teammates at a workout Monday in Minnesota, beating them on four occasions.
Vikings head coach Leslie Fraizier made the following comments:
“He was off to the side working with our trainer, Eric Sugarman, and he looked out and saw the guys doing their wind sprints.”
“He says, ‘You know, I don’t think they’re running hard enough.’ Eric allowed him to go out and run with them, and he passed them four different times. He finished in first four different times.”
“I remember Joe Webb saying, ‘I can’t believe it. I just can’t believe it. So, he’s doing great and we’re optimistic that he’s going to be ready for that first game. I know that’s his goal and we’ll just see how he continues to progress, but he’s doing great.”
Obviously this is great news for Vikings fans everywhere. Peterson and Frazier have felt all along that he would be ready to go week one in 2012. I have never doubted this, but I still have concerns over how ready Peterson will be.
The last thing the Vikings need, is to rush Peterson back too soon, and put him in any jeopardy of a setback. I’m in favor of shifting a good portion of the workload to Toby Gerhart, at least for the first quarter of the season.
This news of him outrunning teammates is another positive note for the team, in a weekend hopefully full of good news from the NFL Draft.