Last week, we reported to you that Adrian Peterson was telling everyone that he was all set to start running on February 28, which is this coming Tuesday. . .and only two months after he tore his ACL against the Washington Redskins.
Yesterday at his press conference at the NFL Combine, Leslie Frazier pretty much said, "Yeah. . .about that. . ."
"He’s got to listen to what the doctors are telling him and the rehab specialists and go at their pace," Frazier said. "There are steps to take before you actually start running. He has to go through those steps."
Frazier said Peterson will begin running in the swimming pool well before he begins even considering running on land.
"We’ll see how he’s doing and how he’s responding to what he does in the pool before he actually begins to do some hard-surface running," Frazier said. "But in his mind, he’s just about ready to go out and run sprints right now. But he’s not ready for that."
So, while Adrian Peterson is likely still a cyborg, he's not going to be running any time soon, unless he's doing it at a swimming pool near you. It's good that Peterson is ahead of schedule, and that the Vikings are still of the mindset that he can be back in Week 1 of the 2012 season, but they certainly don't want him suffering any setbacks at this point.