Adrian Peterson beat his Vikings teammates in races

Less than four months from having reconstructive surgery on his knee, Adrian Peterson was able to run sprints, and he even beat his teammates in races this week.

All Day got hurt in Week 16 against the Redskins last December and tore the MCL and ACL in his left knee. He had reconstructive surgery a week later, and he was cleared to run again last month.

Peterson was working out with the team this week and, after seeing his teammates run sprints, he asked to join them. Coach Leslie Frazier says Peterson finished first four times.

The team is optimistic their star player will be ready for Week 1 of the season in September, but there still is plenty of work to do.

“He has to get to the point where he’s comfortable cutting,” Frazier said. “Straight ahead, he’s doing great. Now he has to get to the point where he’s comfortable being able to go left to right or right to left and stopping and starting. So, one step at a time.”

We were worried that Peterson might never be the same after suffering the knee injury, but now we feel much better about his chances of returning to full strength. He might not be like the old AD until 2013, but knowing him, anything is possible.

Photo Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

Adrian Peterson Celebrated the New Year in the Hospital (Picture)

Poor Adrian Peterson.  It was an extremely tough year for arguably the best running back in football and his fantasy owners. All Day dealt with a high ankle sprain in the second half of the season and then blew out his knee during Week 16.  He wanted to get back onto the field to help his fantasy owners for the playoffs, but he suffered one of the most gruesome injuries of the year against the Redskins.  On Friday, Adrian had surgery to repair his ACL and MCL. As a result he had to ring in the new year from a hospital bed. Check out this picture he tweeted over the weekend:

Thank god for morphine and ice cream, right? In all seriousness, we hope Peterson makes a full recovery from the injury and can return to form on his reconstructed knee.  As we saw with Tom Brady missing the entire 2009 season, football can get boring at times with its superstars having to watch from the sidelines.

H/T to Deadspin f0r the picture

Adrian Peterson Says Saints Went ‘Overboard’ in Targeting His Injured Ankle

Any time an NFL player is playing with an ailment that has been made public, they can expect their opponent to target the problem area. Such was the case with Adrian Peterson on Sunday against the Saints. Peterson suited up after having missed the previous three games with a high ankle — mostly because he wanted to help his fantasy owners.  While he expected the Saints to make his ankle a focal point of their tackles, Peterson said they took it too far.

“I came into the game kind of expecting that coming back from a high ankle sprain,” Peterson said according to the Times-Picayune when asked about an exchange with cornerback Jabari Greer. “Guys are going to try to take their shots when we’re on the pile and try to twist it up and things like that. I felt like it kind of got overboard. I got up and kind of got in his face. Thank God I was able to keep my composure.”

Make that two times in two weeks that New Orleans has been accused of playing dirty on defense.  If you remember, Titans receiver Nate Washington complained that Roman Harper was throwing knees after the whistle during the Saints win over Tennessee last weekend.

Whatever the Saints have been doing, it seems to be working.  I would never advocate dirty play, but I doubt you’ll see New Orleans changing its ways any time soon with the way they have been playing.

H/T to Pro Football Talk for passing the story along.

Adrian Peterson Says Some Fantasy Football Owners Have Offered Their Wives in Exchange for Him Playing

If you are a fantasy football owner who is lucky enough to still be alive despite Adrian Peterson’s critical injury during the most important stretch of the season, there could still be hope. Peterson is going to play this Sunday against the Saints on an ankle that he says is about “85 percent” healthy. We all know Peterson is a gamer, so if he can be out there on the field he will be.  In fact, he expressed a desire to help his fantasy owners after missing the past three games.  Just stop offering your wife’s services in exchange for A.P. playing — that’s not going to help the situation and it will just make you lose points at home.

“It’s very important (that I play), especially for my fantasy team owners,” Peterson said while smiling according to the Star Tribune. “They’ve been giving me a hard time. They’ll say, `Will you please (play). I’ll send my wife down to visit you. Sometimes, it’s like, wow. Some of the things I read on there are crazy.”

The Vikings are 2-11 and officially one of the worst teams in the NFL, so Peterson has to get his motivation from somewhere.  Unfortunately for some of his fantasy owners it is far too late.  Considering he was a consensus first-round pick, Peterson’s injury has already destroyed the championship hopes of many owners.

For those who are still in the hunt: let’s take it down a notch.  I know there are few things in life more important than the bragging rights and money that could come along with taking home the fantasy football crown, but I’m sure Peterson does just fine with the ladies.  Unless you’re married to Kate Upton your generous offer probably doesn’t mean much.

Adrian Peterson Hasn’t Bought Anything Since Signing $100 Million Contract

Adrian Peterson is the best running back in football and signed a contract in September that paid him accordingly. The Vikings gave him a new seven-year deal worth as much as $100 million. Even though he might not see all that money, $36 million is guaranteed. One would figure someone who just signed a big contract would reward himself with a nice purchase or two. Not the case for Peterson.

“No, I actually haven’t purchased anything yet,” Peterson told Jimmy Traina on the Hot Clicks podcast. “Haven’t bought anything yet.

“I like to sit back and let my money grow, so I’m going to sit on it for a minute. Something might pop up that I want to purchase, it might be a good investment or something, I don’t know, we’ll see. As of now, I’m just watching it build up in my account.

“I gotta look out for my family … so I have to be smart about it.”

Peterson signed the contract in early September, so we can understand if he really hasn’t had a chance to go shopping because he’s been busy focusing on the season. Still, he hasn’t bought ANYTHING for himself? Not even the sort of “Love Me” gift Cheryl’s therapist recommended she get? That’s commendable.

We’ve heard so many stories about players changing after signing big-money deals. We’ve seen guys like Chris Johnson whose play fell off after he held out. And here’s Adrian Peterson who isn’t motivated by material purchases. Maybe that’s the reason he’s able to have so much success from year-to-year — his priorities are in the right place.

Adrian Peterson Calls Chris Johnson to Provide Encouragement

It wasn’t long ago when people debated whether Chris Johnson or Adrian Peterson was the best running back in football. That was after 2009 when Johnson rushed for over 2,000 yards and scored 16 touchdowns. Johnson had somewhat of a down season last year (compared to ’09), but he still managed to gain over 100 yards per game from scrimmage. This year, however, has been a different story for the Titans Pro Bowler.

Johnson has struggled all season, gaining fewer than 45 yards per game while averaging just 2.9 yards per carry. He has scored just one touchdown in six games and failed to top 55 rushing yards in five games. He got frustrated with fans during his holdout from training camp, and they responded by booing him during his slow start. Things are not going well for Johnson, but luckily he has Adrian Peterson to support him.

Two Titans beat writers reported Wednesday that Peterson called Johnson to “boost his confidence” and tell him to “keep his head up.”

It’s nice to receive the encouragement, especially considering how frustrated Johnson has become. This also confirms what I said in 2010 when people were suggesting that Johnson was better. Adrian Peterson was and still is the best running back in football. You can’t have one great season and say you’re the best in the game. Peterson has been balling since his rookie season in 2007. He’s never had a down season. He fixed his fumbling problem, started catching passes out of the backfield, and he has consistently been one of the best backs in football the last five years. Even with poor quarterback play, he’s still been great. Johnson has dropped off. The debate is officially over.

Adrian Peterson Has Monster First Quarter

The game plan for the Vikings’ first four opponents was very simple.  Stop Adrian Peterson.  Even slowing him down all but guaranteed a win.  That’s how bad the Vikings have been so far this season.

Apparently, the Arizona Cardinals didn’t get that memo.  In the first quarter alone, the Vikings burned the Cardinals for 28 points.  With punishing runs that put both speed and power on display, Peterson accounted for 21 of those points on three rushing touchdowns. Peterson has hit the 100-yard mark for the second time this season, taking only three quarters to do it.

His 122 yards on 29 carries were both season highs, as were the three TDs. Unlike week three when the Vikings stopped giving the ball to Peterson in the second half, they kept feeding him this game. Pretty sure the Bears, the Vikings’ next opponent, will get the memo about stopping Peterson before anything else.