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Vikings GM: Peterson ‘will do everything he can’ to return this year

By Matthew Coller

When Adrian Peterson elected for surgery on his torn meniscus, it was fair to wonder if he would ever suit up in a Minnesota Vikings uniform again. But Vikings general manager Rick Spielman is not closing the book on Peterson’s 2016 season just yet.

“He’s going to do everything he can to get back,” Spielman said in a bye week meeting with the media. “I look at it also as that’s at least eight, nine weeks of not taking hits on that body, which is going to make him pretty fresh.”

Peterson only gained 50 yards on 31 carries over the first two games of the season. He led the NFL in rushing in 2015 with 1,485 yards.

“Adrian was kind of getting back into it,” Spielman said. “I think because we had adjusted some things offensively and our offensive line I think was still trying to gel early. When he played those first couple games and usually Adrian becomes strong as the season goes and goes stronger as the games progress.”

Long term, the Vikings will have to decide after this year if they want to pick up Peterson’s option and pay him an $18 million cap hit next year or if they want to restructure his contract.

The post Vikings GM: Peterson ‘will do everything he can’ to return this year appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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