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NFL Rumors: Adrian Peterson Unlikely to Play in Season Opener

With less than a week to go until the Minnesota Vikings season opener, the million dollar question is about to be answered: will Adrian Peterson play week one?

All off-season this question has been thrown around. Well as we get closer to September 9th, the answer seems more and more obvious. That answer is likely to be a NO.

Head coach Leslie Frazier recently made these comments:

“We’ll talk about it as the week goes on and see how he’s doing, and if it’s even a viable option to let him play.”

“You really have to take the emotion out of it. You really have to hone in what’s best for him, what’s best for the team. Adrian is not just another guy on our team. He is in so many ways the face of what we try to do. We have to be able to see the big picture when it comes to him. That’s the way we’ll approach it.”

Do these sound like comments on a guy who’s going to play? I don’t interpret it that way, and I certainly won’t disagree if that is the decision.

Here are three reasons why:

  • The Vikings have Toby Gerhart, who looks more than ready to be able to carry the workload.
  • The early schedule is favorable, playing the Jacksonville Jaguars and Indianapolis Colts. These are winnable games for Minnesota without Peterson.
  • AP is a franchise player, who has many years left in him. There’s no reason to rush him back too soon, and risk a chance of severely altering the future of the team.

All I’m saying, is don’t get your hopes up of seeing Adrian Peterson out there week one. While it might be a little disappointing, just think about it long-term, and realize that he will be back this season. Peterson playing in twelve games, is a whole lot better than zero.

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