Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, as every NFL fan knows by now, suffered a devastating injury to his left knee late in the 2011 season that has left his status for the start of 2012 up in the air. By all accounts he has made terrific progress in his rehab and recovery, and his goal of playing Week 1 remains intact at this point.
But it is safe to say Peterson will be eased back into action to start the season, and it’s also fair to wonder if he will be anywhere close to his previous form at any point in the season. Now it is being suggested that it is a given that Toby Gerhart will be the Vikings’ workhorse back to start the season, with Peterson having a limited workload as his backup. Not very surprising news really, but still fairly significant and also assumes Peterson has no setbacks during training camp and preseason games.