When Adrian Peterson tore his ACL late last season, it was reasonable to think he would miss some or all of the 2012 season. However, like he seemingly does with everything he does, Peterson is impressing in his recovery. Speedy teammate Percy Harvin says that Peterson beat him in uphill sprints twice. This comes after reports said he was beating teammates in wind sprints earlier this offseason.
Peterson’s trainer says he’s no lock for week 1, which he isn’t, but with still over 3 months left to go until the season, it wouldn’t surprise me if he started week 1. Peterson said he’s 50/50 for training camp. Wes Welker recovered from a similar injury in less time in 2010, though it’s worth noting that Welker had his worst season as a pro in 2010, catching just 86 passes for 848 yards and 7 touchdowns. Peterson might struggle as well and could lose some carries to backup Toby Gerhart, a former 2nd round pick, to stay fresh.