The Minnesota Vikings fan base had a bit of a scare Tuesday when running back Adrian Peterson went down in practice. He was carrying the ball up the middle of the field when one of his teammates’ knees caught the back of his thigh, but he said Wednesday he would play this weekend if it were the regular season.
“Coach (Mike) Zimmer obviously gives the injury reports, but I talked to (head athletic trainer) Eric Sugarman,” offensive coordinator Norv Turner said. “We all held our breaths for a second. Adrian is fine.”
The running back was slow to get up and eventually limped to the sideline. But he was never too concerned about what happened and knew right away that it was a bad thigh bruise.
He got back into the 11-on-11 drill a little later on for one play where he did not touch the ball, but that was the end of his day. He spent the rest of the time hanging out on the side stretching his leg until he left with Sugarman.
Peterson was with his teammates at both the afternoon practice and morning walk-through Wednesday but did not participate in either. Since it is still the offseason and Peterson will not be participating in any preseason games anyways, the Vikings are in no hurry to rush him back to the field. He isn’t sure when it is that he will return to practice.
“I’m sure it will be kind of based off of how I feel and the treatment and stuff that I’m getting,” Peterson said. “The regular season doesn’t start until about four weeks, so that’s when it really counts.”
For now, Peterson is just focused on getting treatment that mostly involves stretching and ice stimulation.
WEDNESDAY PRACTICE NOTES
“Some guys get in games – in real games – and it’s too big for them. Certainly, that’s not the case with MyCole,” Turner said.
“If he doubles the number of snaps he got last week, that’d probably be good for him and we evaluate it each week and see how we’re going,” Turner said.
LB Anthony Barr was a full participant for the first time this week after recovering from inflammation in his surgically repaired knee.