There were some minor headlines this past week over Adrian Peterson being held out of Minnesota Vikings‘ practice. The star running back was limited to indoor workouts, and did not fully participate with the team for most of the week. Some fans might find this news to be bad or shocking, but it’s really none of the above.
Most people are going to expect Peterson to have a normal offseason, because he’s now three months out from hernia surgery, and 18 months out from ACL surgery. But if the Vikings continue to limit him, is it really that big of a deal? Absolutely not.
Peterson himself has admitted that he’s not quite back to 100% after his hernia surgery, but I think this has more to do with his legs. We all know that running backs have a limited shelf life, so why not conserve AP’s legs as much as possible?
Clearly, the league’s best running back is nowhere near the point of losing a step, but there’s no harm in keeping the mileage down in the offseason. The Vikings have been known to work with veteran players in the past (Antoine Winfield), to help keep the workload down. Above all else, though, Peterson proved last year that he only needs minimal offseason practice time. He was never a full participant at training camp, and he didn’t play a single down in the preseason. All he did after that, was come within nine yards of the best season for a running back in NFL history.
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