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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson may not have made his return to the playing field just yet, but Peterson's rehab from last December's devastating knee injury is progressing about as well as anyone would dare hope.
Peterson, who tore both his ACL and MCL late last season, has been activated from the physically unable to perform list and re-joined his teammates in the practice field Sunday, a step that left the sixth-year veteran feeling like a "kid in a candy store" according to Josh Katzowitz of CBS Sports.
However, not everyone was pleased to see "All Day" back in pads.
Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice recently spoke to ESPN's NFL Live about his own return from an ACL tear in 1997, and according to Pro Football Talk Rice feels that Peterson may be coming back too soon.
“I cracked my patella,” Rice said. “I feel that I rushed myself back to the football field. And I think that with Adrian Peterson, he’s doing the same thing. Because we are accustomed to being out there with the guys, sweating with the guys, fighting on the football field. And if you’re not able to do that you just don’t feel connected. And that’s the reason why I rushed back. I hope he doesn’t do the same thing.”
Rice's reservations only underscore the risk/reward aspect of drafting Peterson in the second round of fantasy football drafts this year. If he's anywhere near 100 percent Peterson possesses top-five fantasy upside, but he could just as easily wind up right back on the shelf.
Which Adrian Peterson shows up is going to decide a lot of fantasy championships this season.