We noted Monday that Minnesota Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson (knee) would remain on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list this week. But his activation to the 90-man roster has seemed on the near horizon for some time, and based on what both he and coach Leslie Frazier said Wednesday, that moment could arrive early next week.
That's our latest attempt to read between the lines on Peterson's short-term future. But in the long term, Frazier importantly told reporters that "there are no indications that he won't be" ready for the Vikings' Week 1 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
"Everything I'm hearing is extremely positive," Frazier said.
Peterson will remain in Minnesota when the team travels to San Francisco for its preseason opener later this week, and his situation will be re-evaluated when the team returns. It's possible to envision a scenario in which Peterson is activated in time to resume practice Sunday and then perhaps participate in the third preseason game, Aug. 24 against the San Diego Chargers.
"I'm looking forward to being out here pretty soon," Peterson told reporters. "I've been out for like two weeks, so it's time to get going. I know that they understand that and they've been watching and they've been getting good feedback, so I'm sure they're pretty much as excited as I am."
Peterson tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee Dec. 24 and had it repaired Dec. 30. If he resumes practicing Sunday, that would be seven months and 19 days since the injury.