August 30, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) warms up before a preseason game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE

Adrian Peterson Cleared for Full Contact In Practice

The Vikings are trying to figure out if Adrian Peterson can play this weekend against Jacksonville, so it only makes sense that they would finally remove the restrictions on contact and let defensive players test the running back in practice. Leslie Frazier announced earlier on Wednesday that, indeed, Adrian has been cleared for regular contact.

“We’re going to give [Adrian] quite a bit today in practice and see how he responds,” Frazier told the media. “It’s important that we continue to watch him do certain things so we can feel confident, and he can feel confident, about lining up and playing in a ball game. … We’re going to throw some things at him and see how he responds.”

Adrian has been practicing for several weeks but always with restrictions. At one point defensive players were warned if they hit Peterson at all they’d be cut (that may have been a joke…or maybe not), but those days are over. It’s full go now, with the regular season just days away. The final decision on Peterson’s status for Jacksonville will not be made until game time.

If Peterson can’t go, Toby Gerhart will get the start at running back. And even if Peterson does go, Gerhart figures to get the bulk of the carries.

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