As if finishing 3-13 in 2011 wasn’t already enough to deal with, the Minnesota Vikings have to be nervous about whether or not Adrian Peterson will return to full strength after the Pro Bowl running back tore his ACL against the Washington Redskins in Week 16 last year. Normally, this type of injury should keep Peterson off the field for at least nine months, but if this week is any indication of what to expect–it looks like the Vikings star may be ready to go by Week 1 after all.
Peterson is causing quite the buzz on Thursday after pictures hit the internet of the running back sprinting up a hill with teammate Percy Harvin. While there’s no reason to make a big deal just yet, it’s hard to ignore the fact that Peterson is already working out like this just five months after having surgery–which is pretty impressive.
Obviously, Peterson is the key factor to how well the Vikings will perform during the 2012 season, but the teams needs to be extra cautious and make sure Peterson doesn’t push himself too much. The last thing Minnesota needs is to see Peterson return to the field too soon and re-aggravate the injury.
Believe it or not, 2011 was arguably Peterson’s most disappointing season of his five-year career as he only played in 12 games and only recorded 970 rushing yards to go along with 12 touchdowns.
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