A pad-bearing Adrian Peterson strode out onto the Minnesota Vikings’ practice field on Tuesday, marking his first full-speed action since tearing his ACL and MCL back in December.
Activated from the PUP list on Sunday, Peterson was eager to get back to work with his Vikings teammates after missing the entire offseason rehabbing his surgically-reconstructed knee. Peterson planned on making his return before the Week 1 opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars and appears to be on schedule to do so.
“Despite what everyone else had to say, that was my vision,” Peterson said. “I knew it was going to be a journey, a path, to get closer to that vision… It was far away at the beginning, but I’ve been working hard and just moving forward.”
Even though Peterson was finally allowed to take part in practice, Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier ordered his defense to stand down when the ball was in his hands. Under no circumstances was any member of the Vikings defense to make contact with him.
It’s unlikely that the Vikings’ caution will ease up any time soon. More than likely, it’s going to be at least another week before Frazier allows Peterson to receive any considerable contact.
“For the first day, it was good,” Peterson said. “so hopefully, [on Wednesday] we kind of bump it up a little bit and see how things go.”
Although his return to the football field is taking one baby step at a time, the fact that Peterson was in pads today is something the Vikings couldn’t have fathomed seven and a half months ago.