Matt Vensel is in his first year at the Star Tribune after covering the Ravens for the Baltimore Sun for six years. He is a Pittsburgh native and a Penn State grad. Follow him at @mattvensel.


Mark Craig has covered the NFL for 23 years, and the Vikings since 2003 for the Star Tribune. He is one of 44 Pro Football Hall of Fame selectors. Follow him at @markcraignfl.


Master Tesfatsion is the Star Tribune’s digital Vikings writer. He is a 2013 graduate of Arizona State and worked for mlb.com before arriving in Minneapolis. Follow him at @masterstrib.


Setting the record straight: Adrian Peterson will not begin running this month

Posted by: under Vikings, Leslie Frazier, Adrian Peterson, Leslie Frazier Updated: February 24, 2012 - 11:17 AM

Forget all those recent reports that Adrian Peterson will be running again by the end of this month, barely two months after blowing his left knee out in a Christmas Eve win at Washington. This morning at the NFL Combine, Vikings coach Leslie Frazier did his best to set that record straight. Yes, Peterson has gone on several radio shows in recent weeks to provide progress reports on his rehabilitation. And yeah Peterson remains eager to accelerate the recovery process. But torn anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments don’t heal very quickly no matter how determined the patient may be.

So Frazier, Vikings head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman and others within the organization continue keeping close tabs on Peterson not wanting his admirable ambition to become reckless.

Said Frazier: “He’s very optimistic about where he is in his rehab and the progress he’s making. He’s come along. He’s right on schedule. And he feels he’s ahead of schedule. But we do have to temper his emotions at times. We talked about that yesterday.”

Peterson remains in Houston. Yet when Frazier initially heard Feb. 28 cited as a target date that Peterson noted to hopefully begin running again, the head coach recoiled. That was a topic of conversation when Frazier spoke with his star running back Thursday.

“He’s got to listen to what the doctors are telling him and the rehab specialists and go at their pace,” Frazier said. “There are steps to take before you actually start running. He has to go through those steps.”

Frazier said Peterson will begin running in the swimming pool well before he begins even considering running on land.

“We’ll see how he’s doing and how he’s responding to what he does in the pool before he actually begins to do some hard-surface running,” Frazier said. “But in his mind, he’s just about ready to go out and run sprints right now. But he’s not ready for that.”

Asked how nervous he is with the Vikings’ ongoing efforts to stimulate Peterson’s patience, Frazier expressed confidence that Peterson is getting the message.

“Early on I was really concerned – maybe the first two or three weeks,” Frazier said. “But he’s begun to understand that he’s got to listen to the doctors and go at the pace they expect him to and not try to force this. Because he can do more damage than he realizes. So he’s understanding now the importance of following the protocol and letting things play out the way they should.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Atlanta - LP: J. Teheran 2 FINAL
Philadelphia - WP: C. Hamels 9
Washington 0 FINAL
Miami 8
Boston 4 FINAL
Minnesota 4
Detroit 2 FINAL
Houston 3
Toronto - WP: C. Hynes 9 FINAL
Boston - LP: D. Hinojosa 7
Tampa Bay - WP: J. Norberto 3 FINAL
NY Yankees - LP: C. Whitley 0
St. Louis 5 FINAL
NY Mets 4
Los Angeles 4 FINAL
Kansas City 4
LA Angels 1 FINAL
Oakland 4
San Diego 8 FINAL
Chicago WSox 2
Chicago WSox 12 FINAL
Seattle 4
Cleveland 2 FINAL
San Francisco 5
Milwaukee 7 FINAL
Chicago Cubs 11
Arizona 3 FINAL
Cincinnati 0
Texas 4 FINAL
Colorado 10
Pittsburgh 3 FINAL
Baltimore 3
Detroit 78 FINAL
Charlotte 102
Philadelphia 93 FINAL
Washington 106
San Antonio 103 FINAL
Orlando 91
Indiana 87 FINAL
Boston 100
Brooklyn 100 FINAL
New York 98
Chicago 91 FINAL
Milwaukee 95
Dallas 135 FINAL
Oklahoma City 131
Sacramento 111 FINAL
Houston 115
Toronto 113 FINAL
Minnesota 99
Denver 84 FINAL
Utah 98
LA Clippers 88 4th Qtr 10:14
Portland 94
New Orleans 72 3rd Qtr 7:50
LA Lakers 57
Toronto 3 FINAL
Buffalo 4
Philadelphia 4 FINAL
Pittsburgh 1
Edmonton 1 3rd Prd 20:00
Anaheim 4
Colorado 0 2nd Prd 9:29
San Jose 0
Loyola-Chicago 63 FINAL
ULM 62
UCLA 69 FINAL
Michigan 65
Temple 58 FINAL
West Virginia 66
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pmX10-6
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pmX30-28
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pmX30-12
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pmX19-3
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis NoonX34-6
Sep 14 - vs. New England NoonX30-7
Sep 21 - at New Orleans NoonX20-9
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pmX41-28
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pmX42-10
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit NoonX17-3
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo NoonX17-16
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay NoonX19-13 ot
Nov 2 - vs. Washington NoonX29-26
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago NoonX21-13
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay NoonX24-21
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina NoonX31-13
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets NoonX30-24 ot
Dec 14 - at Detroit 3:25 pmX16-14
Dec 21 - at Miami NoonX37-35
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago NoonX13-9

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: What should the Vikings do with Adrian Peterson?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT