Adrian Peterson must double as Wolverine on the weekends.
He might be on the verge of another spectacular recovery from injury. The Minnesota Vikings running back was spotted in the locker by the St. Paul Press Pioneer’s Chris Tomasson. Peterson didn’t have anything covering his knee. He did not talk to the media.
Adrian Peterson is in Vikings locker room no wraps of any kind on knee walking fine not talking to media though
— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) October 25, 2016
Peterson tore his meniscus during the second game of the season. He had surgery and recovery time is typically three to four months for that type of injury. However, the Vikings put Peterson on injured reserve which would make him eligible to return after eight weeks. Peterson has been adamant that he will play as soon as he is eligible.
“I look at it as he’s going to do everything he can to get back,” Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said via ESPN’s Ben Gosseling two weeks ago. “I look at it also as that’s at least eight, nine weeks of not taking hits on that body, which is going to make him pretty fresh.”
Peterson’s most impressive feat was a return from an ACL injury in he suffered in December 2011. Not only did he return to start the 2012 season, but he came within 9 yards of breaking Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record.
When talking to Grantland’s Steve Marsh, Dr. James Andrews explained that Peterson’s physical stature is as unusual as everyone thinks it is.
Most running backs have years of wear and tear inside their knees, but when he looked inside Peterson’s, Andrews told Peterson’s father, “It’s like a newborn baby.”