The Minnesota Vikings star RB tore his ACL and MCL last year and successfully recovered in time for the start of the 2012 season—in which recorded 957 yards and six touchdowns on 168 carries. He believes that Rose should start making cuts and “attacking” his recovery at this juncture, six months after going down with a torn ACL in late April.
Peterson told Melissa Isaacson of ESPN:
How far out is he (six months)? My advice for him would be to just attack it. Right now, the ligament is strong enough to cut with it. Don't be hesitant. When you're out doing drills, do it as you normally would any other day. Push yourself and challenge yourself. That's the only way you'll build the strength and confidence to where it should be.
While this is good advice, AP had nine months from his Christmas 2011 injury to heal and get his knee back in order before the NFL season started in September. The next three months are going to be crucial to Rose and his health, and he can’t risk compromising his rehabilitation scheduled based on Peterson’s talk.
While it’s touching that Peterson, who became friendly with Rose on set of a video game commercial, is worried about the Chicago Bulls star, his advice shouldn’t be taken to heart—even if he does have experience.
Rose has some of the best doctors and advisors in the world helping him to get back on his feet and in uniform for the end of the 2012-13 campaign. He needs to stick to what they are saying and not start soliciting or taking advice from outside parties.
What do you think of AP's advice?
D-Rose will eventually return to the NBA and once again be a force from the point guard position. But he needs to do it at his own pace—not Peterson's.
Peterson should continue to support Rose’s recovery from his ACL injury, but he should no longer publicly coax him to return to the hardwood sooner than later. It gives the fanbase an impression that Rose is taking his time.
The reality is that the Chicago star is working his butt off to get back into game shape and will start making those cuts when he feels comfortable. It’s his body, and only he will know when the time is right.