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Casserly: Expect Peterson back by Week 1

Posted on: January 1, 2012 12:29 pm
Edited on: January 1, 2012 1:12 pm
It could've been worse: AP is expected to be ready to play by the start of the 2012 season. (AP)

By Ryan Wilson

Any postseason hopes for the Vikings have long since vanished, and last week, they lost their best player, Adrian Peterson, to a torn MCL and ACL in a meaningless Week 16 matchup against the Redskins. The injury was so serious that the early speculation was that Peterson could miss the start of the 2012 season.

Turns out, there's some good news courtesy of CBS Sports' NFL Insider Charley Casserly. From Sunday's appearance on The NFL Today:

"Dr. (James) Andrews said that they can expect him back for opening day this coming year," Casserly told CBS' James Brown. "In fact, there's even a chance he could come back a little sooner because of what I would call Adrian Peterson's exceptional physical traits."

That's welcome news for an organization that could use some. As it stands, the Vikings are 3-12 and head into their Week 17 matchup with the Bears holding the third-overall pick in April's NFL Draft.

Charley Casserly spoke with James Brown about Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's recovery from a knee injury.

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Since: Mar 11, 2010
Posted on: January 2, 2012 9:40 am

Casserly: Expect Peterson back by Week 1

If we do see him in week one the Vikings are stupid. There is no way he will be ready 100% by week one. My doctor and a doctor friend of mine both say he should be ready 100% by midyear.

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 2, 2012 8:15 am

Casserly: Expect Peterson back by Week 1

'Exception Physical Traits'?

Charley, please finish that thought...

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: January 1, 2012 10:51 pm

Casserly: Expect Peterson back by Week 1

He may be off of the PUP list by Week 1, but there's going to be no reason for him to play until he's 100%.  After several months of rehab he's just not going to be the same "physical" guy we're used to seeing and until he's 100% the Vikings will most likely bring him back very gradually.  There's no reason in this galaxy to expect the Vikings to compete next year, so why take the chance?  The Vikings need so much help at so many positions that if you own any current Vikings player jerseys, you'd best sell tham at a garage sale this coming summer because there's easily a 50/50 chance someone else will be wearing that number next year.

As Bud Grant used to say and do with regard to injured players ... "when a guy is ready to play again, with no reservations and at 100% of his ability, I hold him out one more week."  That's what the Vikings will do with Peterson. 

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