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Why A.P.'s not really back

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08:11 AM ET 08.13 | Leslie Frazier tried to temper enthusiasm while announcing Adrian Peterson's return to active duty on Sunday. "I know there are a lot of fans that are very optimistic and excited about seeing him back. But for us, it's just a part of the process. It doesn't mean a whole lot other than he's done a great job in his rehab up to this point." Now, whether fans and media choose to listen is, well, another matter. After all, the sight of the Vikings' four-time All-Pro taking a handoff from Christian Ponder during Sunday morning's walk-through was the most vivid indication that Peterson just might succeed in his quest to redefine the timetable for NFL players returning from the kind of devastating knee injury he suffered at Washington on [Dec. 24].

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August 13, 2012  08:14 AM ET

'a lot of fans that are very optimistic and excited about seeing him back.' that would be fantasy league fans.

August 13, 2012  08:18 AM ET

He sure did heal fast.... #JustSayin

August 13, 2012  08:20 AM ET

I don't really understand how any of this means he's not really back.

August 13, 2012  08:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I don't really understand how any of this means he's not really back.

"... taking a handoff from Christian Ponder..."

Because this should tell you he's not playing in the NFL yet.

August 13, 2012  08:25 AM ET

This pic must have been pre-Bounty days.......they are not hitting him at the knees from behind.

August 13, 2012  08:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

'a lot of fans that are very optimistic and excited about seeing him back.' that would be fantasy league fans.

I had him on my last year's fantasy league team.

August 13, 2012  09:09 AM ET

He's in it to win it

August 13, 2012  09:22 AM ET

Listen y'all....I'm a Lions fan, but I love AP (except when he's playing us, of course). They should PUP him to make absolutely sure he is good. Rushing him back is not just a risk for the Vikings but for the NFL as well.

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August 13, 2012  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Listen y'all....I'm a Lions fan, but I love AP (except when he's playing us, of course). They should PUP him to make absolutely sure he is good. Rushing him back is not just a risk for the Vikings but for the NFL as well.

Yeah, bringing him back just so he's there for the first game is a dumb idea. This team isn't going anywhere. They even blew their chance to go to LA.

August 13, 2012  09:45 AM ET

the Vikings just got a stadium approved and need to make folks feel good about the team. Enter, ol' half leg Peterson. No way they let this dude get hurt without being extra careful. A walkthrough is essentially for show. The Vikes aren't doing anything this year either way...

August 13, 2012  10:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

He sure did heal fast.... #JustSayin

He'll be another one saying "I thought it was flaxseed oil I was rubbing on my knees"

August 13, 2012  10:30 AM ET

Good luck AP, don't be in too big a rush and get hurt again.

August 13, 2012  11:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

He sure did heal fast.... #JustSayin

Just his signing hand.

August 13, 2012  12:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

They even blew their chance to go to LA.

Nice. The" LA Vikings" would have a sort of Disneyland feel about it--not the sort of thing to spark fear in the hearts of opponents. They would have had to change the name to the LA Traffic Jam, or something.

August 13, 2012  01:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Nice. The" LA Vikings" would have a sort of Disneyland feel about it--not the sort of thing to spark fear in the hearts of opponents. They would have had to change the name to the LA Traffic Jam, or something.

Sort of like the "LA Lakers". Lots of lakes out there in LA county, eh? One big one to the west, I guess.

August 13, 2012  01:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

This guy is about done. Time to start following another youngster rb

He's not even close to done.

August 13, 2012  05:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Nice. The" LA Vikings" would have a sort of Disneyland feel about it--not the sort of thing to spark fear in the hearts of opponents. They would have had to change the name to the LA Traffic Jam, or something.

Enough football in CA anyway.

August 13, 2012  09:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

He's not even close to done.

I concur.

 
August 13, 2012  10:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

He's not even close to done.

Some knees never come back.

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