Up until recently, Minnesota Vikings' running back Adrian Peterson was restricted from doing any running outside of a swimming pool in his recovery from a torn ACL. Yesterday, however, Vikings' head coach Leslie Frazier told reporters that Peterson was ready to start doing some work on terra firma instead.
Peterson is "just beginning to run this week on land," Frazier said Wednesday while addressing reporters at the meeting. "It's too early right now to say he's absolutely going to make the first game but so far he's on target with everything we've asked him to do."
After saying that the team would "love to have him back Opening Day," Frazier cautioned that more will be known about Peterson's status in another week or two.
I'll tell you what, I haven't been this happy about somebody getting out of a swimming pool since Phoebe Cates in Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
(You're going to have to look up the YouTube on that one for yourself, folks. Sorry.)
This would seem to be a pretty good sign for the Vikings in their hopes to have Peterson back by Week 1 of the 2012 NFL season.