He’s back! Since the injury heard around the world back on last December 24, Adrian Peterson is finally back in action.
On December 26 it was announced that Peterson was placed on the injured reserve list due to a torn ACL and MCL. No one had any idea of what the future would hold for this talented running back. Over the last seven-and-a-half months all he had time to do was make sure he healed and recovered from a very damaging injury.
But since Vikings training camp began, Peterson has not had the best of luck. On July 7thhe was arrested on a charge of resisting arrest at a night club in Houston, Texas. And then two weeks ago there was the allergic reaction to Jambalaya which he was hospitalized for. On Friday Peterson was unable to play in the preseason home opener in which they lost to the 49ers.
But then finally some great news! Peterson was taken off the PUP list two days later on the 12th. On Tuesday, Peterson finally put on full pads at the Training Camp and was going full force, resuming practice in 11-on-11 team drills at Vikings camp. Peterson does not only seem anxious to get back on the field, but also seemed excited.
Peterson spoke to reporters. ”Oh man, it’s just the next step…I feel good that I’m off. I can get back out here with the guys on the field and get back to playing. Get back into the offense and slowly squeeze back in there.” Frazier and Saxon definitely tried to “take it easy” on Peterson today even by warning the defense and caution them about not hitting Peterson.
Even HOFer Jerry Rice was quoted on ESPN’s NFL Live saying, “I feel that I rushed myself back to the football field. And I think that with Adrian Peterson, he’s doing the same thing. Because we are accustomed to being out there with the guys, sweating with the guys, fighting on the football field. And if you’re not able to do that you just don’t feel connected. And that’s the reason why I rushed back. I hope he doesn’t do the same thing.” We are all hoping that is not the case. After Peterson’s first practice on Tuesday he seemed not only in good spirits, but also very optimistic. Although it seems as if he is anxious to be on the field for almost every play, it also seems that he is not only listening to the doctors and coaches, but his body as well.
It is still not determined as to whether he will play in the August 24th game against the Chargers. The Vikings are in rebuilding mode and need to keep everyone not only healthy, but active too. All in all it is nice to see “All Day” or “Purple Jesus” back in shoulder pads and ready to play ball!