If Adrian Peterson does play Sunday, it won't be all day
Leslie Frazier isn’t tipping his hand just yet if Adrian Peterson will play on Sunday in the season opener.
But if the running back is on the field, he will be limited against the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to ESPN 1500.
“We recognize if he's able to get in this first ball game, it'll be with limited exposure,” Frazier said. “We'll talk about it as the week goes on and see how he's doing and if it's even a valuable option to let him play."
Peterson has been aiming to be on the field in the season opener all along. Fortunately, others in the organization are interested in ensuring he remains healthy. That’s why if Peterson does get action against the Jaguars, it will be limited. You have to wonder at what point in the season the club will be comfortable cutting Peterson loose. He’s still only eight months removed from reconstructive surgery.
“He's done a good job from the time we've allowed him to begin practice," Frazier said. "The game just takes on a whole different mindset for everybody. Even the level of practice changes, the intensity.
"We have to see him get through some things and see how he handles certain things from a mental and physical standpoint. It's different when there is no endpoint -- in his case, he knew a few weeks ago he wasn't going to play in the preseason. Now, the mindset changes a little bit and we have to see how he handles that."
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