Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will not play in the preseason, head coach Leslie Frazier confirmed Tuesday.
Peterson tore his ACL in Week 16 last season. He has been removed off the team’s physically-unable-to-perform list, which has allowed him to practice. Peterson, entering his sixth season, rushed for 970 yards and 12 touchdowns in 12 games last season.
"That doesn't guarantee that he'll be ready for Jacksonville," Fraizer said, via PFW correspondent Tom Pelissero of ESPN 1500. "But what it does is it gives us more time to throw more things at him in practice and get him prepared. Hopefully, there won't be any setbacks. There haven't been up to this point. He's continued to progress. Everything has gone better than can be expected up to this point."
Frazier insisted that Peterson did not suffer a setback. Toby Gerhart will remain the starter the rest of the preseason.