When a star running back gets injured, fans cringe. When that star running back ruptures an ACL and MCL in his knee, fans cringe and groan. And if that star running back is placed on the physically unable to perform list to open the following season’s training camp, fans cringe, groan and fist-pound.
The rumble you are now hearing are scores of Minnesota Vikings fans cringing, groaning, and fist-pounding at the news that running back Adrian Peterson has indeed been placed on the active physically unable to perform (PUP) list.
The news – which was expected – was announced today by Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier following a morning walk-through, during which Peterson was on the sideline and did not participate in the drills.
Frazier made this statement about Peterson’s status:
“[With] Adrian, we’re going to go ahead and put him on the active PUP. We think that’s the best thing to do for right now. We’ll continue to evaluate him daily and see how he’s progressing. At some point the doctors and Eric Sugarman, our head trainer, will come to me and say, ‘Hey, we think he’s ready to get involved in some of the team activities.’ At this point, we’re going to go through some of the evaluation and make a determination as to when is the right time to put him out there with his teammates.”
According to Frazier, Peterson fought the decision to go on the PUP list.
“He put up a fight,” said Frazier. “He said, ‘Coach, don’t hold me back.’ He wanted to get out there, but we’ve got to be smart. We need to see him do a few things and then make a determination. If he had his way, he’d be getting involved today.”
Peterson, who was injured near the end of December of 2011, had reconstructive surgery eight months ago to repair the ACL and the MCL in his left knee. Generally the recovery period for that type of surgery is much longer, so this was not a surprise move by the Vikings.
He can be removed from the PUP list at any time during camp and start practicing, but he cannot participate in drills or workouts with the team until he is. Until that time, Toby Gerhart will take reps with the first team.
Since he is on the active PUP list and not the injured reserve list, Peterson does count against the Vikings 90-man roster.