Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson isn't yet fully recovered following January hernia surgery, according to Ben Goessling of the Pioneer Press. The news comes from head coach Leslie Frazier, speaking after an autograph and sports collectible convention on Sunday.
The Vikings will meet for voluntary offseason workouts on April 22, and Frazier also said he hopes Peterson will be at the start of those workouts. That said, those workouts aren't always a huge deal, and it's the organized team activities in May that really set the pace for the upcoming season.
Given that Frazier said Peterson is able to run and cut at this point in the recovery process, him being ready for the May OTAs does seem likely.
As we all know, Peterson has some pretty remarkable recovery skills. For the first time in his career, Peterson failed to record a 1,000-yard season in 2011, playing in just 12 games, with the season cut short due to a torn ACL and MCL on Dec. 26.
But Peterson worked hard throughout the offseason and despite most believing he wouldn't be ready by week one of the 2012 season, he made the start in Week 1 and played in all 16 games for the Vikings that season. More than that, he rushed for 84 yards with two touchdowns in that first game, just eight months after his major surgery.
Despite the fact that most players don't look the same even when they do return from that kind of injury, Peterson finished with 2,097 rushing yards, the second-most ever for a running back in a single season just short of Eric Dickerson's 2,105-yard season in 1984.
In short: Peterson may not be good to go right now, but smart money is on him being fine sooner rather than later.