During a recent appearance with Judd & Phunn on 1500 ESPN Radio, Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier indicated that running back Adrian Peterson may not be on the practice field right away once training camp opens up.
“He looks good,” Frazier said. “He’s moving around without any hitch, he’s doing a lot of good things. What you don’t know is how he’s going to be when you put pads on and someone comes and they dive at his ankle or they look as if they’re going to grab his knee. That you can’t predict.
“But based on where he is today, everything is moving in the right direction. I don’t know if we’ll put him on the practice field anytime soon when we get to Mankato. But everything indicates there’s a very good chance he may be ready for that Jacksonville game (to open the regular season on Sept. 9). We’re still far enough out that you really can’t say that right now.”
If the Vikings don’t plan on having Peterson practice right away, they may end up having him start camp on the PUP list. They would then have the choice toward the end of the preseason to either keep him on the PUP list through week six of the regular season or activate him so he’ll be available for the season opener.