While some of us are still trying to get over the fact that super star Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is back in action already, Peterson is taking reps. But those reps are not as dangerous as they normally would be. Apparently, coaches have instructed players that full contact drills do not exactly apply to Adrian Peterson.
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According to the Star Tribune:
Yes, Peterson’s surgically repaired left knee seems to be nearing full strength again. And technically, he has been cleared to resume football activities in full. But until further notice, the Vikings have hung a giant “Do Not Touch” sign around Peterson’s neck.
“The rules are simple,” safety Jamarca Sanford said. “Do not touch 28. If you touch him, you’re cut.”
Coach Leslie Frazier admits he has had detailed discussions with his defense about handling the star running back with extreme care as Peterson blends back into practice. And just to make sure that message was clear, Frazier hopped into the defensive huddle just a moment before that first Peterson handoff to reiterate the orders.
The article goes on to say that other players who would Peterson would be having one-sided full contact with them were worried about protecting themselves. That tid bit makes it even funnier that some misguided police officer thought he could take Peterson down by jumping on his back. Anyway, until further notice when Peterson gets the ball his teammates was part like the Red Sea.
The latest news is that Peterson may be able to play Friday against the San Diego Chargers. If so, you can bet the Chargers will be showing Peterson no such courtesy.