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Peterson not lowering expectations, despite Bridgewater injury

By Judd Zulgad

MINNEAPOLIS – Adrian Peterson said he was in disbelief when he saw Teddy Bridgewater crumple to the turf Tuesday during practice at Winter Park, but by Thursday the Pro Bowl running back was giving advice to his quarterback on what it takes to recover from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

“I told him the first thing is to get your mindset set,” Peterson said Thursday following the Vikings’ 27-25 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in their preseason finale. “You can question why me, or this, that or the other, but you still have the injury.

“So just reloading and focusing on the things that you can accomplish going forward. I told him that was the biggest thing for me and really the first couple of weeks after surgery taking advantage of doing the little exercises that they give you to do. That’s going to be key for him.”

Peterson’s recovery from the torn left ACL he suffered on Christmas Eve 2011 against Washington was remarkable. He returned to rush for 2,097 yards, the second most in a single season in NFL history, and 12 touchdowns the following year.

Bridgewater suffered a dislocated knee and torn ACL this week and is out for the season. Bridgewater will undergo surgery in the coming weeks, but he was out of the hospital on Thursday and at the Vikings’ facility.

“It feels good to see his face and see him smiling and to be able to look in his eyes and see that his mind is in the right place after such a traumatic injury,” Peterson said. “To be in the building, to be in great spirits. That’s big. It’s big for not only me but other guys just to see him as well.”

In typical Peterson fashion, he’s not backing off his feeling that the Vikings are capable of making a run to the Super Bowl, even though veteran journeyman Shaun Hill is now the Vikings’ starter.

“To be honest with you, I always look at it as I can carry my load,” Peterson said when asked if he would put more on himself. ” … I feel like Shaun is going to do a great job for us and (I have) confidence in him. He’s shown what he’s able to do in the pass game. I feel like we’ll still be able to be a balanced offense and we’re just going to go from there.”

Tight end Kyle Rudolph, who caught a touchdown pass from Bridgewater in Sunday’s preseason victory over San Diego, said he was “devastated” for the quarterback when he saw what happened Tuesday.

“He put himself in a situation to have a ton of success this year and his season is over before he even got to start,” Rudolph said. “But the process is you have to move on. Like Coach (Mike Zimmer) said in his press conference, the sun comes out the next day and we’ve got to go to work.”

Left guard Alex Boone also was nearby when Bridgewater suffered the injury. “I was upset, I was sad,” Boone said. “He’s such a great guy and a great leader and everyone loves him on this team. You hate to see something like that happen, especially in a practice. But he was in great spirits.”

Cornerback Captain Munnerlyn was in a group of about seven players who went to the hospital where Bridgewater was taken by ambulance so they could visit their teammate.

“(Bridgewater) was in great spirits,” Munnerlyn said. “I don’t know if I could have been like that when that just happened. He’s a believer. … The statement he put out today was like, wow. It almost put tears in my eyes and let everybody know that, ‘I’m going to be OK. I’ve got faith, I’ll be back and I’ll be back better than ever.’”

The post Peterson not lowering expectations, despite Bridgewater injury appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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