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Vikes have a dilemma with A.P.

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08:05 AM ET 09.04 | Adrian Peterson, whose goal it is to return after reconstructive knee surgery in time for Week 1, isn't making things easy on Leslie Frazier. What Frazier and the Vikings medical team want most is to put Peterson through a demanding week of practice. They want to evaluate how he responds as he continues to absorb some contact. They want to see how instinctively he's moving and cutting and reacting on the fly. They want to gauge just how in tune he is with the game plan during an intense week of preparation. ... And when it comes time Sunday to activate the traffic light -- red, yellow or green -- Frazier said he won't allow concern for Peterson's mood to influence the decision. "You really have to take the emotion out of it," Frazier said.

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September 4, 2012  08:08 AM ET

What a shame his talents are going to waste!

September 4, 2012  08:16 AM ET

When you are on a great team like the Vikes some times all you have is emotions

September 4, 2012  08:19 AM ET

Adrian Peterson could have been in the Hall of Fame.

I'm afraid he's going to end up in the Hall of Footnotes.

September 4, 2012  08:20 AM ET

Peterson better take it easy on that knee...

September 4, 2012  08:30 AM ET

I doubt that he will play at all this season, if he does play it will probably come at the half way point of the season and only if the Vikings are in contention. No need to waste or put your franchise back at further risk.

September 4, 2012  08:33 AM ET
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I doubt that he will play at all this season, if he does play it will probably come at the half way point of the season and only if the Vikings are in contention. No need to waste or put your franchise back at further risk.

the only 'in contention' this team will be involved with is being on the clock.

September 4, 2012  09:00 AM ET

"You really have to take the emotion out of it"......now that statement by Frazier really in a nutshell says it all, and he's right when it come to A.P. in that regard!

September 4, 2012  09:02 AM ET
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the only 'in contention' this team will be involved with is being on the clock.

Okay Mr Obvious.

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September 4, 2012  09:03 AM ET

What dilemma? Don't play him until he is 100% according to your medical staff

September 4, 2012  09:15 AM ET

Not4Nutten but, da guys not ready!

September 4, 2012  09:28 AM ET
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Okay Mr Obvious.

you obviously delight yourself in being a tool so early in the morning. Good for you!

September 4, 2012  10:37 AM ET
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What dilemma? Don't play him until he is 100% according to your medical staff

about 50% of the NFL would not play in a typical week if that was the decision criteria

September 4, 2012  11:28 AM ET
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What a shame his talents are going to waste!

couldn't agree more, similar situation happened to steven jackson. he played the prime of his career w/ a horrible rams franchinse.

September 4, 2012  12:37 PM ET

AD, as in All Day, not AP, as in yet another brain dead "nickname" that consists of reciting the first letters of someone's first and last names. One of the VERY few interesting and unique nicknames out there... AD, not AP.

September 4, 2012  01:21 PM ET

I have a bad feeling we are heading for a Neal Anderson type of deal here.

September 4, 2012  02:53 PM ET
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couldn't agree more, similar situation happened to steven jackson. he played the prime of his career w/ a horrible rams franchinse.

It is a shame but fairly common, especially in football where you need so many good players to make a good team (as opposed to basketball or, to a lesser extent, baseball). When the worst teams pick early you're going to get guys like AP, Barry Sanders, Sterling Sharpe, etc. that play at a HOF level on lousy teams.

September 4, 2012  03:16 PM ET
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It is a shame but fairly common, especially in football where you need so many good players to make a good team (as opposed to basketball or, to a lesser extent, baseball). When the worst teams pick early you're going to get guys like AP, Barry Sanders, Sterling Sharpe, etc. that play at a HOF level on lousy teams.

Sterling Sharpe? His career was cut short because of injury. Year and a half after he left the Pack won a SB. AP played in the NFC championship game 2 years ago. A bit premature to say he's going to waste his talents in Minnesota.

September 4, 2012  03:26 PM ET

AP uses hGH .. Is an pneumonic for remembering that the Anterior pituitary is the endocrine gland responsible for the secretion of human growth hormone. I came up with this. But what if it were true? All this excitement over the limited time that he needed for recovery has to make people wonder if whether it is true, or the organization is just attempting to assure their fans that they should still come to the stadium with a sliver of hope of getting to see AP. I must also add that my tone would have been completely different had I been successful in my attempt to draft AP on to my fantasy squad. He was gone, and I received a consolation prize of MJD. Good day!

 
September 4, 2012  05:36 PM ET

What the hell happened to cooper?

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