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Updated: August 19th, 2012 5:21pm
Leslie Frazier won't rule out Vikings' Adrian Peterson playing Friday

Leslie Frazier won't rule out Vikings' Adrian Peterson playing Friday

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Adrian Peterson hasn't even been hit yet, but Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier isn't ruling out the possibility his star halfback will make his return to game action in Friday's exhibition against San Diego.

"We're going to give him a little bit more each day, see how he responds and continue to determine what's the next step," Frazier said on Sunday. "Just go day to day. We have some ideas of how we want to approach it, but a lot of it depends on how he feels with some of the things we're going to give him this week."

Peterson, who had his left knee reconstructed on Dec. 30, returned to the active roster one week ago and practiced in pads on Tuesday and Wednesday. Frazier had the defense on a strict no-contact order and has made clear Peterson won't be tackled in practice.

"It felt good," Peterson said. "I feel like I'm getting better, getting out here, actually getting some work done, but I'm improving every day."

Peterson said he expected to meet with coaches on Monday to discuss the plan for the week but said he "wouldn't mind" getting hit.

"To be honest with you, it really wouldn't matter either way," Peterson said. "I feel like I'll be ready to roll."

His workload so far in 11-on-11 and 7-on-7 work has been relatively light -- 10 snaps in Tuesday's practice and 17 on Wednesday -- and he said on Sunday he hasn't experienced any soreness.

"If you've seen me on the sideline (in rehabilitation work), I was working out harder than that," Peterson said, smiling. "In the beginning (of practice), I was taking 12 snaps. So, no soreness."

The Vikings and Peterson would like him to get some work in the preseason, but signs point to them waiting for the finale at Houston on Aug. 30, eight months to the day after he had surgery. The regular-season opener is 10 days later, on Sept. 9 against Jacksonville at the Metrodome.

Asked when a determination will be made on whether Peterson plays this week, Frazier said, "We'll probably just see how he does with some of the stuff that we'll give him and probably make a determination by Tuesday or Wednesday if we want to do any more."

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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