December 24, 2011; Landover, MD, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) gestures to fans while being carted off the field after injuring his left knee against the Washington Redskins in the third quarter at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

Vikings Training Camp 2012: Adrian Peterson Placed on Active/PUP List

Adrian Peterson wants to go 200% all the time, but the Vikings are only interested in having him be 100% when the season starts, so for the time-being his camp activity will be kept at 0%. It’s the active/PUP list for the Vikings superstar who underwent knee surgery after tearing his ACL in a late-season game last year.

Active/PUP is different from reserve/PUP in one crucial way: active/PUP status can be rescinded at any time and the player reinstated to full participation. So if the Vikings for some reason wanted to put Adrian in there tomorrow they could remove him from the list and let him practice. Reserve/PUP is the one where you have to sit out until the sixth game of the season. If Adrian is still on the list by week 1, he’ll shift over to that list and not be able to play until the designated time. I doubt that will happen, although it might not be the worst idea in the world either.

And Adrian’s reaction to all this? He reportedly fought to be kept off the list so I’m guessing he’s not happy. But his feelings don’t really enter into this decision. This decision is about the future of the franchise. Adrian wants to prove something by coming back from a knee injury in record time but that’s not really an important goal. So, Adrian can cool his jets while Toby Gerhart gets the bulk of the carries. Sounds good to me.

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