Adrian Peterson May Return To Practice As Early As Next Week

With preseason set to officially kick off tonight, one of the league’s biggest superstars is itching to return to the practice field.  Less than nine months after tearing both the ACL and MCL in his left knee, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is eager to work off the rust.From NFL-AtL:

“I’m looking forward to being out here pretty soon. I’ve been out for like two weeks, and it’s time to get going,”  Peterson said, via The Associated Press. “I know that they understand that, and they’ve been watching and they’ve been getting good feedback. So I’m sure they are pretty much as excited as I am.”

If Vikings fans are worried about Peterson possibly stepping onto the field too soon, they can look back on recent history for a little assurance.  Wes Welker tore his ACL and MCL in Week 17 of the 2009 season.  He returned the following September at the beginning of the 2010 season, around eight months after suffering the injury.  Although Welker was never anywhere near as athletically gifted as Peterson, he showed no signs of slowing down and was able to return to form.  It wouldn’t be a stretch to suggest that Peterson could enjoy the same success.

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