Peterson, Frazier swap advice

  • Article by: DAN WIEDERER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 24, 2012 - 8:48 PM

The coach wants his rehabbing star to take it slow.


Adrian Peterson was helped off the field in December.

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INDIANAPOLIS - Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier spoke with Adrian Peterson on Thursday, just another regular check-in with his star running back. Only Peterson, fully aware Frazier was hard at work at the NFL combine, wasn't shy about offering advice.

"He had his GM hat on," Frazier said. "He was telling me who we should be thinking about drafting. He tends to do that. He'll call me up and text me, 'Hey, have you seen this guy? You need to.' I'm like, 'Man. What's he doing?' He's a draft guru."

Or maybe it's just the requisite give-and-take. After all, Frazier had return advice for Peterson as he continues rehabilitation on his left knee: Slow down.

Friday marked two months since Peterson tore his anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in a Week 16 victory at Washington. And while the early stages of recovery have gone well, Peterson's recent contention that he hoped to be running again by the end of this month made his coach recoil.

Not so fast, Frazier warned.

Peterson must first start by doing running exercises in the pool. And, according to Frazier, it may not be until the fourth or fifth month of rehab (April or May) that true hard-surface running resumes.

"He's begun to understand that he's got to listen to the doctors, with the pace that they expect him to and not try to force this because he could do more damage than he realizes," Frazier said.

Peterson's drive and optimism are admirable and all, but ... said Frazier: "Early on, he wasn't quite getting it. This was a serious injury. You have to go at the pace they're telling you to go if you want to break all these records."

On the move?

Frazier also indicated the Vikings have discussed moving offensive lineman Charlie Johnson inside to guard if they're able to make an upgrade at left tackle this offseason.

Johnson, Frazier asserted, was dependable when he spent time at guard during his five-year stint with the Colts. If Johnson returns to that role, the Vikings believe the veteran lineman has enough power and agility to excel.

"There's not any trepidation about moving him to guard," Frazier said.

Growing pains

Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd, a product of Cretin-Derham Hall High School, drew quite a crowd for his combine media session Friday. Inevitably, Floyd again had to address character questions that have dogged him because of a series of alcohol-related incidents, most notably an arrest last March for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

"People all the time have mistakes like this," Floyd said. "Unfortunately, it happened to me on a big stage. ... It's about making sure you don't make the same mistake again."

Floyd understands he has to prove himself trustworthy. His 100-catch, 1,147-yard, trouble-free senior season with the Fighting Irish certainly helped.

"I think I've grown a lot," he said. "Coming to the NFL now, I think you do have to mature a great deal because obviously you'll get behind in a lot of things [if you don't]. Like they said, this is a professional sport and you've got to act like a professional."

Quote of note

Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III erased all doubts about his height Friday, registering combine measurements of 6 feet, 2 3/8 inches and 223 pounds. Said the Heisman Trophy winner: "We didn't lie about my height. In high school I was 6-4, 200 pounds. So when I got to college I shrunk an inch and gained weight. I was 6-2, 220. So I guess they thought I shrunk some more, [that maybe] I was 6-foot and 190 now. But it's official, I'm 6-2 3/8 and 223."

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