As we noted earlier in our Camp Confidential post, most people around the Minnesota Vikings think that tailback Adrian Peterson is nearing the end of his time on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. It appears, however, that he has at least one more week of rehabilitation in front of him before the Vikings begin discussing when to add football activities to his routine.
Coach Leslie Frazier told reporters Monday that "I don't anticipate us doing anything different than what we did a week ago with him." The Vikings will re-evaluate the situation after Friday's preseason game at the San Francisco 49ers.
In looking at the calendar, you would think the Vikings would need to activate Peterson by next week if they want to get him any work in the preseason. That would give Peterson two weeks of practice, or a standard opening length of training camp, before presumably debuting Aug. 24 against the San Diego Chargers. It would seem unlikely that Peterson would play in the Vikings' Aug. 30 preseason finale because teams typically don't expose front-line players to injury so close to the start of the regular season.
In the big picture, there is universal agreement that Peterson has made good progress in his recovery. He'll be ready to play sooner rather than later. We just don't know how soon yet.
Related: Peterson's court date to face a charge of resisting arrest in Houston was pushed back Monday to Sept. 27 and Nov. 15.