Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is determined to be ready to go in Week One of the upcoming season.
“I’ll be disappointed if I’m not (going full throttle in Week One),” Peterson told reporters Wednesday, as the team opened part of Peterson’s regular rehab drills to the media at its indoor field at Winter Park in Eden Prairie, Minn.
Peterson tore the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee in a Week 16 victory at Washington the day before Christmas, and he has been rehabbing for about four months since undergoing surgery.
Typically the recovery time from such an injury is 9-12 months, but Peterson says he confident he can beat that timetable. On Wednesday he estimated his explosiveness at about 50 percent of normal.
Vikings head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman says there’s no plan as to when Peterson will be able to don pads and practice with the team this summer.
Toby Gerhart is Peterson’s backup and would assume the starting role in Week One if Peterson isn’t ready to go. Gerhart rushed for 531 yards and one touchdown, with a 4.9-yard average, in 16 games last season, with five starts.