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Adrian Peterson Taking Hits In Practice For First Time: Fantasy Implications

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 24: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings and Takeo Spikes #51 of the San Diego Chargers after their game on August 24, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Chargers defeated the Vikings 12-10. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Adrian Peterson is taking hits in practice for the first time as he gears up for the regular season. We break down the fantasy implications.

ESPN 1500 has revealed that Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson took hits in practice for the first time Monday, a big step in his recovery from ACL surgery. Coach Leslie Frazier was feeling good enough about Peterson's ability to take contact and felt upbeat after practice: "It was good to see. Guys thud him (hit him but didn't tackle him) and it seemed like he handled it pretty well. I'm sure he'll be a little bit sore tomorrow when he wakes up."

Analysis: Frazier is still noncommittal about Peterson's Week 1 availability, saying "I want to see what he has to say after what we did today. Then we need to go through a full week with him in the game plan to see how he responds." It's still a delicate situation for AP, so fantasy owners should be handcuffing him to Toby Gerhart.

For more on the Vikings, check out Daily Norseman and SB Nation Minnesota.

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