Adrian Peterson could start out camp on the PUP list

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Dan Wiederer of the Star Tribune believes there’s a good chance that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is placed on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list to start training camp.

“While Spielman wouldn’t say so directly, the easiest decision with Peterson will be to put him on the Camp PUP list next week, a designation that has to be made before camp starts but can be removed at any time,” wrote Wiederer.  “From a front office standpoint, the biggest advantage of stamping Peterson with a “PUP” tag when he gets to Mankato wouldn’t come until August 27. At the first cut on that date, when the Vikings’ roster goes from 90 players to 75, if Peterson is still on the Camp PUP list, the Vikings would be able to use the extra roster spot. That’s a minor plus to be certain but still an option the Vikings would be wise to keep open.”

“In the big picture, Peterson’s health designation heading into training camp won’t be all that significant. The much more important issue will be how the star running back continues to progress in the five-and-a-half weeks between the opening of camp and the Monday of Week 1. Peterson, who needs to strengthen his left leg and get back into the flow of cutting on instinct on his surgically repaired knee, will likely lobby hard to get back into camp action as soon as possible. But next week, the Vikings’ medical team will carefully evaluate the situation. And there’s a distinct possibility Peterson would spend the opening stages of training camp with that “PUP” designation, continuing his knee rehab on the side until it’s deemed safe to add him back into the mix.”

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman has already indicated that they want to make sure Peterson is 100 percent before  he gets back on the field.

“Before we put Adrian back out there, we’ll make sure he’s 100 percent healthy and ready to go – whether that’s the first day of training camp or a little later on. We’ll listen to what our doctors and trainers tell us,” said Spielman , per Wiederer.

The Vikings shouldn’t worry about when Peterson gets back on the field, they just need to make sure he doesn’t suffer any set backs in his recovery.

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