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Some good news for Minnesota Vikings fans: Adrian Peterson is not letting his 2011 injury hold him back. Just in case you forgot, the Vikings’ superstar RB tore his ACL in their week 16 game against the Redskins. After that injury, many people thought he would be out for a chunk of the 2012 season.
Not according to Peterson.
A.P. is saying he’ll be ready to go for the opening game, which would be remarkable for any other player, but coming from Peterson, I would not be surprised.
So far during his rehab, Peterson’s trainers have actually had to hold him back to avoid him overworking the knee. Despite this, we’ve already seen Peterson beating his teammates in wind sprints without a knee brace.
But don’t be too quick to assume that Peterson will be taking handoffs right from the get-go. As goes with all rehabilitation training, the hardest drills come at the end of the rehabilitation program. Agility training, rotational movement and deceleration drills are all integral parts of the running back position and are also the most time-consuming drills. These are the drills Peterson has yet to start.
The other thing to consider is A.P.’s confidence in the knee. If he’s wary of re-injury, Peterson may find himself taking less fewer risks than he would have had the injury never occurred.
With a player like Peterson, who posted 970 yards and 12 TDs in 12 games last year, Vikings fans can only hope that he’ll be back in full-force as soon as possible.