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Updated: July 27th, 2012 6:30pm
Adrian Peterson feels 'ready' to play now, but understands decision

Adrian Peterson feels 'ready' to play now, but understands decision

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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MANKATO, Minn. -- No matter how badly he wanted to be on the field, Adrian Peterson had a feeling the Minnesota Vikings weren't going to let him open training camp on time.

Coach Leslie Frazier informed the star halfback on Thursday night the Vikings were placing him on the active/physically unable to perform list after a conversation Peterson described as "brief."

"He shared his concerns and his thoughts, and I shared mine," said Peterson, who is less than seven months removed from knee reconstruction surgery.

"Ultimately, I knew (with) how the conversation was going that it wasn't going to matter what I really thought. But I understand the decision."

Peterson declared himself full-go in a session with reporters on Thursday and reiterated after Friday's practice he feels "like I'm ready" to play in a game right now.

"The one thing that I'm missing is being out there and actually going through the actual football activities and guys (grabbing) your legs and making cuts and things like that," Peterson said. "That's something you can't imitate off to the side by yourself."

However, the side is where Peterson will be working out for the near future with head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman and strength and conditioning coach Tom Kanavy.

He'll be evaluated daily, and a player on active/PUP can return to practice anytime. But the smart money still says Peterson will sit at least a couple of weeks, with Aug. 12 -- the first day back after the preseason opener at San Francisco -- a possible date for his return.

"Each day I'm going out, hey, like today is the day," Peterson said. "If not, then I'll just go off to the side and grind and work hard with the training staff."

The main goal remains returning for the Sept. 9 opener against Jacksonville, and Peterson said he's still "pretty confident" he'll achieve that.

"They haven't seen me in a minute, and it's been a month," Peterson said. "Hopefully, here soon, those guys will feel comfortable enough to let me go."

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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