MINNEAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 19: Running back Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings in action during the game against of the Miami Dolphins on September 19 2010 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis Minnesota. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Adrian Peterson
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson says precautions being taken by Minnesota's defense are unnecessary. We break down the fantasy implications.
Minnesota RB Adrian Peterson says the precautoins being taken by the Vikings defense against him in practice aren't necessary. Peterson returned to practice in pads on Tuesday and Minnesota safety Jamarca Sanford says the rule when it came to Peterson: "If you touch him, you're cut." Peterson carried the ball a few times in full team drills with the first team offense on Tuesday.
Analysis: It's doubtful that opposing defenses will adhere to the same rules once Peterson returns to game action, but it is encouraging for him to be back on the field after such a serious injury last season. Minnesota will take every precaution it can with Peterson, despite his objections as he will be a key piece to the offense. Peterson probably isn't a No. 1 fantasy back right now but could be an above-average contributor if he proves he is healthy. Keep an eye on his condition as the season approaches.