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By: Aj Mansour | KFAN.com
Mankato, MN - According to doctors, the typical rehabilitation process for a torn and replaced ACL is somewhere in the neighborhood of 9-12 months. So why in the world is Adrian Peterson, only 7 months removed from having his left knee surgically replaced, talking about taking snaps in the preseason and even seeing real time in week 1? Because he's Adrian Peterson.
As we saw yesterday in the Adrian Peterson Rehab Photo Gallery, AP is still working on the side but it working out HARD in preparation to get snaps in the preseason.
"It's tough man," Peterson said of watching from the sidelines. "I'm ready to get some contact and get out there and compete with these guys."
Currently stuck on the team's PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) List, Peterson sat down with KFAN's Paul Allen after morning walkthrough yesterday and continued to share some intriguing news on his rehab and his plans to return to the gridiron.
"I'd be lying to you to say that I don't expect [to get carries in the preseason]," Peterson told KFAN. "I do expect get out there and get some carries. When? In due time we'll be able to see that."
Peterson went on to share that if the first preseason game, one week from today against the San Francisco 49ers, was a real game it is his opinion he would be ready to go. But AP also shared that he's not yet convinced the coaches would let him!
While the typical rehab process would put him back on the field sometime around weeks four or five, Peterson has his eyes set on the home opener against Jacksonville on September 9th. That time frame would mean that AP could start seeing live snaps by the third week of Vikings Training Camp.
"I think I need to get out there [for Training Camp]," Peterson said. "You can't do anything to imitate being out there and playing the game of football. You've got to actually get out there and get into the rhythm of things. That's what I want to do, I want to get my feet wet."
If all goes according to his plans, Adrian sees good things coming for that week one game.
"I expect to score [week one vs. Jacksonville]," Peterson said. "Hopefully I'm not allergic to getting into the endzone!"
Aj Mansour covers Minnesota Sports for KFAN.com. Feel free to leave comments and questions regarding this post in the space provided below. For Vikings' updates and breaking Vikings' news, follow Aj on Twitter. @AjMansourKFAN