NFL Playoffs: Could Special Teams Be In Adrian Peterson’s Plans?

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As the National Football League playoffs get ready to start this weekend, there is a storyline brewing with the Minnesota Vikings that may shock some people. It sounds like Adrian Peterson would like to play on special teams to help Minnesota out. This may be either the stupidest or best idea I have ever heard.

Peterson wants in wherever he can including returning kickoffs. I’m not sure that the coaching staff in Minnesota likes the idea of having their superstar running back returning kickoffs but it is the postseason after all so maybe it is time to pull out all the stops. Peterson could be a very dynamic returner but the risk of injury is just too great with Peterson just one year removed from an ACL tear. I wouldn’t want to put him back there and worry if he is going to blow a knee out where he could carry the ball 25-30 times on offense and maybe help lead the team to a victory.

I would not be surprised though if Peterson does find a way out on the field to return a key kickoff if the game is close on Saturday night against the Green Bay Packers. Peterson sounds very willing to go out to help the team wherever possible and in this situation, there is no reason why the Vikings shouldn’t at least give Peterson a chance to return a kickoff or two. It may even give Minnesota a better chance to win the game, which is the ultimate goal anyway. I know I wouldn’t do it but there will be a lot of eyes focused on Peterson no matter what he does this weekend.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.