Adrian Peterson will not begin running on Feb. 28

Adrian Peterson has been making the rounds on radio airwaves sharing his excitement with his rehabilitation from a torn ACL.

Peterson had surgery Dec. 30 and recently said he planned to begin running – get this – on Feb. 28, which is this coming Tuesday.

Let’s just say the Minnesota Vikings and coach Leslie Frazier have thrown the brakes on the accelerated recovery.

“He’s very optimistic about where he is in his rehab and the progress he’s making,” Frazier said, according to Dan Wiederer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “He’s come along. He’s right on schedule. And he feels he’s ahead of schedule. But we do have to temper his emotions at times. We talked about that yesterday.”

Frazier said he spoke to Peterson on Thursday and the club remains in close contact with the running back, who is doing his rehab work in Houston.

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.”

The first step, according to Frazier, is running in the swimming pool. There is no plan for him to run on land anytime soon.

“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.

“He’s begun to understand that he’s got to listen to the doctors and go at the pace they expect him to and not try to force this. Because he can do more damage than he realizes. So he’s understanding now the importance of following the protocol and letting things play out the way they should.”

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