Adrian Peterson won't run anytime soon: 'This is a serious injury'
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Adrian Peterson won't be running next week, or anytime in the next couple of months for that matter.
The Minnesota Vikings' star halfback has said in multiple recent interviews he was ready to begin running less than two months after undergoing knee reconstruction.
But coach Leslie Frazier spoke with Peterson on Thursday and received assurances Peterson won't rush his rehabilitation ahead of doctors' schedule.
"He's starting to get it now," Frazier said on Friday at the NFL scouting combine.
"Early on, he wasn't quite getting it. This is a serious injury. You've got to go at the pace they're telling you to go, because he wanted to break all these records. But now he's getting it. He's doing what they're asking him to do, and he's on target to get back and play again and play well."
According to Frazier, Peterson could begin running "right around maybe that fourth or fifth month" after the surgery, which was performed six days after Peterson tore the anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in his left knee on Dec. 24 at Washington.
That matches the timeline head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman laid out on Jan. 13.
"He's very optimistic about where he is in his rehab and the progress that he's making," Frazier said. "He's coming along. He's right on schedule. He feels like he's ahead of schedule. But we do have to temper his emotions at times. We talked about that (Thursday). But he's doing well. He's doing very well."
Peterson remains at his offseason home in Houston, where he has been rehabbing with a therapist who is in daily contact with the Vikings' athletic trainers.
"He'll do some running in the swimming pool prior to actually getting on land," Frazier said. "So, 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. But in his mind, he's just about ready to go out and run sprints right now. But (he's) not ready for that."
The Vikings want to protect their investment in Peterson, who received a contract in September that included $36 million in guarantees.
The hope is Peterson can be ready to play a limited role in Week 1 next season, and any setback could push back his return.
"Early on, I was really concerned, maybe the first two or three weeks," Frazier said. "But he's begun to understand 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 could do more damage than he realizes. So, he's understanding now the importance of all the protocol and letting things play out the way it should."