Minnesota Vikings fans can breath a sigh of relief as Adrian Peterson's injury is just a bruise and he will be due back by the season opener on September 13.
The former NFL MVP will not be rushed back into the fold soon by the Vikings as they want to make sure he recovers correctly. Especially after the running back has only played one game in the past year due to his involvement in a child-abuse incident.
Peterson missed Wednesday's practice due to a thigh bruise he picked up the previous day. He admitted that it was 'painful', which is why he stayed on the ground as medical staff attended to him. He limped off the playing field, causing a lot of concern and worry for Vikings fans.
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He said to twincities.com: “I knew what it was right away. It was just so painful, so that’s why I sort of stayed down for a little bit.’’
This scare is short lived though as Head Coach Mike Zimmer confirmed he is good, saying: “He’s fine. He told me he feels good.’’
The likelihood is the running back will play in the Vikings season opener against the San Francisco 49ers on September 13. His team hadn't planned on playing him in this preseason before he was injured anyways.
Peterson has revealed his time scale for him coming back to the field as well.
He said: “Maybe about two weeks (before the game), then I’ll start counting down the days. Right now, I’m just enjoying myself and making sure our preparation is where it needs to be.’’
Relief for all Vikings fans. Their star running back will not be missing much time at all, just a couple of practices.