Leslie Frazier won't rule out Adrian Peterson playing in Friday's game

AP could play Friday, which is nuts. (US Presswire)

Less than eight months ago, Adrian Peterson suffered a gruesome knee injury on the Vikings Christmas Eve game against the Redskins, tearing his ACL, MCL and both the media and lateral meniscus in his left knee. And on Friday, he could very well return to live-game action with Minnesota.

That's what Leslie Frazier indicated on Sunday at least, telling reporters that the Vikes will make a call by the middle of this week when it comes to whether or not Peterson plays.

"We’ll probably just see how he does with some of the stuff we’ll give him and probably make a determination by Tuesday or Wednesday on if we want to do anymore," Frazier said.

Frazier also said that the team would continue to give him "a little bit more" leading up to the decision.

"We’re going to give him a little bit more each day, see how he responds and continue to determine what is the next step," Frazier said. "Just go day-to-day. We have some ideas of how we want to approach it but a lot of it is how he feels with some of the things we’re going to give him this week."

So, basically, Peterson's playing Friday? Maybe -- the Vikings have one more games remaining after Friday's contest against the Chargers, so it might make more sense for the Minnesota to make him available for Friday and hold him out for the fourth preseason week. It sure sounds like the running back would need to be completely unresponsive to whatever "the stuff" the Vikings give him is, otherwise he's going to hit the field Friday for some preseason action.

If that's the case, it'll be almost eight months on the dot for Peterson's return from the injury, which would be incredibly impressive. Peterson was given an 8-to-9-month timeframe for recovery, so the timing fits, but it's still insane to think that he might be out on the field AP'ing it up before the season even begins.

The running back maintained all along that he'd be able to return by the first week of the season, and barring a major setback, it sure looks like he's going keep his word on that count. But it's not important to just get AP out on the field. The important part is making sure he doesn't get rushed back onto the field. That's how he ended up getting hurt in the first place.

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