The Vikings are hopeful that Adrian Peterson will be able to help them on Sundays between now and the end of the season. One major step in the right direction has happened, appropriately, on a Sunday.
On Sunday, two days following his team’s preseason opener at San Francisco, Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier disclosed that Peterson has been taken off the Active/Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. He was taken off the list in time to participate in the Vikings morning walk-thru on Sunday.
Previously during training camp, Peterson had been working out, but it was on the side with the team’s athletic training and strength staff. Now that he’s off the PUP list, Peterson can begin working with his coaches and teammates on the field.
“I want to caution you,” Frazier said during his press conference. “I know there are a lot of fans who are very optimistic and excited about seeing him back. But for us, it’s just part of the process. It doesn’t mean a whole lot other than he’s done a great job in his rehab up to this point off to the side with our strength coaches, [head athletic trainer] Eric Sugarman and his staff and our medical staff.
“He’s done everything he can do on the side. It doesn’t mean in the future that he’s going to be lining up with our team in the opening game. We don’t know that. We have a long time to determine that.”
While Peterson is off the PUP list, it’s not full-steam ahead quite yet. Because of provisions in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), Peterson is not permitted to be in pads until he’s active for two practices (according to the team’s camp schedule, that will be this Tuesday).
That’s the update for now. We’ll have Frazier’s press conference posted to vikings.com in on-demand format soon.
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