There was a chance Adrian Peterson was going to do something he hasn’t done since 2011: Get some action during the preseason.
Minnesota’s phenomenal running back said back in May he was itching for an opportunity to get some carries in an exhibition game. But after some more consideration, Peterson has decided it’s best to sit out.
“I just really thought about it and didn’t feel like it was the best thing in my interest, knowing that I can be ready for the first week against Tennessee, like I’ve done a thousand times in the past,” Peterson said, according to the TwinCities.com’s Chris Tomasson. “That’s pretty much what it came down to.”
This isn’t exactly a surprise and probably is a wise decision. While Peterson hasn’t shown many signs of slowing down, he is 31 years old and even a couple of carries in a preseason game are probably too much of an injury risk.
Peterson won’t take the field until the Vikings visit the Tennessee Titans in Week 1 and probably won’t miss a beat against a Titans defense that was one of the worst against the run last season.