As with every NFL season, players are already getting the injury bug.
It appears the Minnesota Vikings may want to avoid this with their top player, running back Adrian Peterson. According to a report from the NFL Network, coach Mike Zimmer doesn't think there's anything to see from Peterson this preseason.
That would be a fair assessment, given Peterson's standing as one of the NFL's premier running backs — if he's not considered the best all-around back in the game. Two years ago, he topped 2,000 yards in a single season but dealt with a lack of a passing game in 2013.
He was still able to run for 1,266 yards and 10 touchdowns.
There are pros and cons with resting Peterson in the preseason. The game reps players get in the preseason help get them accustomed to game action. But of course, the biggest risk is possibly sustaining an injury that affects them for the regular season.
For someone like Peterson, everyone knows what the Vikings are getting. So if Peterson is on board with the extra rest, it's probably in the team's best interest to shelve him until Week 1.
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