Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is nearly six months into his rehabilitation from knee reconstruction, and coach Leslie Frazier says he's on pace to meet his goal of playing in Week 1. But it's a given Peterson will be limited in the early going, and there's no way of knowing when or if he'll be himself in 2012. Toby Gerhart has bulked up and is in line to carry the load out of the gate.
No RB has returned to form in less than a year after tearing their ACL, so Peterson will be limited even if he's available to play in Week 1. The Vikings are not a threat to make the Super Bowl, so there's no reason to rush their franchise player back. Despite his recent progress, he's still a candidate for PUP, which would sideline him for the first six games of the season.