Adrian Peterson won’t play in remaining preseason games

The Minnesota Vikings have decided to sit their star running back in their two remaining preseason games.

Adrian Peterson, who tore his anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee last Christmas Eve, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, still hopes to be ready for the team’s opener.

Peterson was taken off the Physically Unable to Perform list on Aug. 12 and has gone through four practices in full pads.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Viking defenders have been warned that Peterson is “off-limits.”  The Tribune also notes that Peterson, typically a very physical player, does not like the special treatment.

While The Chicago Tribune reports that Peterson believes himself to be healthy, some people, like Hall of Famer Jerry Rice thinks he is making a return too quickly. Peterson brushed Rice’s comments off by saying it was “just another opinion.”

The Vikings two final preseason games are Aug. 24 against the Chargers and Aug. 30 at Houston.  They will open their season at home Sept. 9 versus Jacksonville.

If Peterson still is not ready by the Vikings’ first game, Toby Gerhart will likely receive the majority of carries for Minnesota.

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