LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 24: Running back Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings is helped off the field after being injured in the third quarter against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field on December 24, 2011 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Adrian Peterson Will Be A Game-Time Decision

Adrian Peterson will be a game-time decision for the Vikings in Week 1.

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Adrian Peterson Acknowledges He 'Came Back Quicker Than Normal'

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson s taking part in team practices and trying to do everything he did before his horrible knee injury last season.

While there are those who feel Peterson is coming back from torn knee ligaments too quickly, including Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice, Peterson admits that he is back to action faster than expected. Here are his comments on his return to radio station KFAN in Minneapolis:

"People are different. People heal differently, people bounce back and recover differently from different injuries. And it's just one of those cases where I've just been working hard, been blessed and God's been covering me. And I just came back quicker than normal. So it's hard for people to kind of fathom that and believe that, but it is what it is. So I don't worry about that -- I just keep my mind stuck on my vision and my goals, and everything else will work itself out."

Peterson dismissed Rice's statement, and is focused on cutting and looks forward to getting hit. He added that his coaches tell him to "run in a straight line," but he disregards the advice.

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Adrian Peterson Activated From Vikings' PUP List

Adrian Peterson has been activated from the Minnesota Vikings' physically unable to perform list, apparently. The team did not announce anything officially, but the running back was spotted taking a handoff during the team's walkthrough Sunday. Peterson is recovering from a torn ACL and MCL injury that ended his 2011 season prematurely.

Prior to Sunday's news, Peterson was expected to return by the start of the regular season, but not too long before. He was placed on the active/PUP list, giving the Vikings an extra roster spot to work with during training camp. The fact that the veteran was taken off the list so soon has to be encouraging to fans, but expect coaches and staff to continue to be overly cautious.

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Adrian Peterson's Injury Keeps Him On Vikings' PUP List

Adrian Peterson hopes to be ready for the Minnesota Vikings' first regular season game but he's not quite there yet. Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier told reporters on Friday that Peterson would start the season on active/PUP. This is different from the regular season PUP and it's not as concerning.

A player can't be added to the active/PUP list during training camp. He has to be placed there before it starts. So this gives the Vikings and extra roster spot for camp while Peterson continues his rehab.

If he's going to be ready for Week 1, he'll need to come off that list sometime during camp.

Earlier this month, Frazier said the team will "be smart" with Peterson's rehab.

"He's so valuable to our organization that we have to be smart. We'll tread lightly as far as Week 1 and how much he'll contribute on the field. Even when we get to training camp, he's going to be chomping (sic) at the bit but we'll have to be smart."

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Adrian Peterson Injury: Vikings RB Likely To Be Inactive For Training Camp

Adrian Peterson ended last season on a pretty ugly note when he suffered a gruesome-looking knee injury late in the season as the Minnesota Vikings struggled to an ugly end of their season. There has been quite a bit of positive news coming out of the running back's camp, though, and most reports assume he's on a pretty good pace as far as his rehab is concerned.

That doesn't necessarily mean that Peterson's completely healthy, however, as 1500 ESPN's Judd Zulgad did a bit of reading between the lines this week while talking to Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier.

"But based on where he is today, everything is moving in the right direction. I don't know if we'll put him on the practice field anytime soon when we get to Mankato. But everything indicates there's a very good chance he may be ready for that Jacksonville game (to open the regular season on Sept. 9). We're still far enough out that you really can't say that right now."

Reading between the lines, it seems like the Vikings' plan right now might be to open camp with Peterson on the physically unable to perform list. That move would make him ineligible to practice and not open the door for Peterson to talk his way onto the field.

It wouldn't be the worst news in the world if Peterson opened preseason on the PUP list, but it's still far too early to tell whether or not he'll be ready for Week 1 of the NFL's regular season.

For reaction and updates on Peterson's injury status, visit Vikings blog Daily Norseman and SB Nation Minnesota.


Adrian Peterson Injury: Vikings Confirm Torn ACL

Adrian Peterson, who suffered a major knee injury on the Vikings' first play after halftime Sunday, knew he was in trouble as soon as he was hit.

"It definitely didn't feel good," he said after the game. "I knew initially right when it happened that it was something serious. So I don't know, I'm just anxious to see, find out and then go forth from there."

"Anytime you take a blow to the knee like that, you're concerned about the ACL, MCL," he later added before learning the extent of his injury. "I'm trying to stay as positive as I can."

X-rays taken at the stadium ruled out any broken bones, but an MRI performed later in the evening confirmed he suffered a torn ACL, the team announced Sunday evening. Multiple reports indicate that Peterson also suffered a torn MCL. Vikings coach Leslie Frazier will give an update on the injury during his weekly press conference Monday afternoon.

Peterson recently missed three games due to a high ankle sprain before returning in Week 15. Even though the Vikings were eliminated from playoff contention weeks ago, Peterson said he doesn't regret coming back to play in the last two games.

"No, not at all, I felt like I was healthy enough to go and be productive," he said. "And you guys [saw], in the first half I was being productive. I felt good coming out in the second half, I just had more energy, and I was just ready to really get things going. But unfortunately it was cut short on the first play."

Peterson will eventually need to undergo surgery followed by a lengthy rehabilitation. It's likely that he will not be ready to take the field by the beginning of the 2012 season, and only time will tell if he'll ever regain his trademark explosiveness. Peterson signed a seven-year, $100 million contract, which includes $36 million in guaranteed money, this past September.

For reaction and updates on Peterson's injury status, visit Vikings blog Daily Norseman.


Adrian Peterson Injury: Vikings Announce Sprained Knee, Pending Further Tests

Adrian Peterson has at least a sprained knee the Minnesota Vikings announced on Saturday. The running back's availability this season remains in doubt and considering the Vikings in contention for the worst record in the NFL, it would make little sense for him to play in their final game.

Peterson was hurt in a pretty gruesome looking play during Saturday's win over the Washington Redskins. His left leg got caught in the turf and it twisted in an entirely unnatural way. He was immediately removed from the field. The only good news is that it looks unlikely to be a career-threatening injury, although it appeared much more serious when it happened live.

Peterson was already dealing with an ankle injury that had cost him several weeks, but he was having a decent game at the time of the injury. He had rushed for 38 yards and scored a touchdown at the time of the injury.

For more the latest updates on this injury be sure to follow this StoryStream. For more on Peterson's injury, check out Vikings blog Daily Norseman.


Adrian Peterson Injury: Vikings RB Leaves Game After Nasty Hit On Knee

Adrian Peterson's 2011, already marred by an ankle injury, has likely been ended in Week 16 by a gruesome knee injury.

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