Vikings’ Adrian Peterson on pace to play week 1

Adrian Peterson will not see any preseason action this year. However, he still remains on pace to play week 1, less than 9 months after he tore his ACL last December. Peterson, obviously one of the league’s fastest healers, has been activated off the PUP and practicing for over a week now, after months of looking impressing doing side work, and has had no swelling in the surgical repaired knee. He’s expected to be cleared for contact next week.

There is precedent for this type of recovery from injury as Wes Welker recovered from a torn ACL in roughly 8 months for the 2010 season. However, Welker was pretty bad in 2010, especially by his standards, catching 86 passes for 848 yards and 7 touchdowns. Aside from that year, his worst season in a Patriots uniform was 2008, when Matt Cassel was the quarterback and Welker caught 111 passes for 1165 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Peterson also won’t see nearly as many carries as he normally does, even if he does play week 1. Peterson has carried the ball 19.3 times per game in his career, 308 times per 16 games. However, the Vikings will want to be cautious with him, especially early in the season. They aren’t legitimate contenders this season so the emphasis will obviously be more on getting the old Peterson back for 2013, rather than getting all they can get out of him in 2012. Backup Toby Gerhart will see a good amount of carries behind him for the first 4-8 games of the season and may even begin the season as the starter. At his current ADP of 13th overall, Peterson is really being overdrafted in fantasy leagues.

If you’re interested in doing a fantasy football league with me, here’s the link (no draft date set yet, currently standard, with the option to become PPR with group vote).




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