The NFL preseason is a time often when we see the game’s best player held out of action and kept on the sideline to prevent any unnecessary bumps, bruises or even serious injuries. Running backs are typically the ones who get this treatment the most, as we’ve seen with the Houston Texans‘ Arian Foster.
Former NFL rushing champ LaDainian Tomlinson was routinely given the preseason off, but the current rushing champ, Adrian Peterson will not be taking the same approach this year, as he’s expected to make his preseason debut for the Minnesota Vikings this week against the San Francisco 49ers.
Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier says his plan is to get Peterson some game-action after sitting him during the first two preseason games:
Leslie Frazier said Adrian will play on Sunday night in San Francisco. Always subject to change of course, but that will change things.
— Mike Wobschall (@wobby) August 18, 2013
Peterson missed all of the preseason last year while working his way back from torn ligaments in his left knee. He rebounded from that injury to run 348 times for 2,097 yards (6.0 per carry) and 12 rushing touchdowns, and now believes he’s poised to break the single-season rushing record.