Draft Scout Snapshot: 1st team All-Big 12 w/220-1108-5.0-14 rush, 9-50-5.6 rec in '05, missed time w/right ankle injury. All-American, 1st team All-Big 12 w/339-1925-5.7-15 rush, 5-12-2.4 rec in '04.
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01/09/13 - RB Adrian Peterson is talking about a 2,500-yard season and no one is snickering. That's how amazing the league's best running back was in the season after tearing the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee. He not only ran for 2,097 yards, the second-highest total in league history, he also dragged a one-dimensional team with a developing QB and no No. 1 receiver into the playoffs. He says he's coming back even better next year and by now everyone knows not to doubt him.
01/06/13 - RB Adrian Peterson began Saturday's playoff game at Green Bay with five carries for 33 yards in the first six snaps of the game. That helped the Vikings drive 53 yards to take a 3-0 lead. But Peterson's next 14 carries netted only 36 yards as the Vikings fell behind 24-3 entering the fourth quarter.
01/04/13 - RB Adrian Peterson was limited in practice on Thursday and is still on the injury report with an abdominal injury. But he's purely being rested. He'll be fine on Saturday. Peterson's last game in November started with him missing the team bus to Soldier Field and ended with him losing a fumble while being held to "only" 108 yards in a loss to the Bears. But his December was much improved. He won NFL Player of the Month after rushing for 861 yards and a 6.4-yard average. He also caught five passes for 32 yards and a touchdown. Peterson's amazing numbers from this season know no bounds. If you took just his top three runs from each of the 16 games, Peterson would have finished with 1,226 yards. So if you threw out his other 300 carries, he still would have finished ninth in the league in rushing.
01/03/13 - RB Adrian Peterson caught a 2-yard touchdown pass, his first receiving touchdown of the season, on Sunday. It was a great call near the goal line. The Packers never expected Peterson to come out of the scrum and be a receiver on the play. Peterson was wide open, but showed why the Vikings don't throw to him a whole lot. It wasn't a smooth reception, but he held on.
12/31/12 - RB Adrian Peterson had 199 yards to finish with 2,097, second most in NFL history. And it came on the one-year anniversary of his surgery to repair the torn anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee. A 26-yard burst set up Blair Walsh's 29-yard game-winning field goal, but left Peterson eight yards short of Eric Dickerson's single-season mark of 2,105 yards.
12/28/12 - RB Adrian Peterson did not practice again on Thursday. The team has been resting him a lot during the week late in the season. He also has abdominal soreness that has bothered him in recent weeks. He'll get some work on Friday and will play on Sunday. Peterson is back in the Pro Bowl, although he says he won't be there because he'll be with the Vikings preparing for the following week's Super Bowl. This is Peterson's fifth Pro Bowl selection in six seasons. His only miss came last year when injuries limited him to 12 games and his only season with fewer than 1,000 yards (970).
12/27/12 - RB Adrian Peterson did not practice on Wednesday. The team has been resting him a lot during the week late in the season. He also has abdominal soreness that has bothered him in recent weeks.
12/21/12 - RB Adrian Peterson was rested again Thursday. He is listed on the injury report as having a groin and abdomen injury, but called it "normal wear and tear." It's nothing that will keep him out of the game. Peterson has 18 career runs of 50 yards or more, destroying Robert Smith's previous team record of 12. Peterson has eight of them this season, an NFL single-season record he now shares with Barry Sanders (1997). Sanders recorded his eight runs of 50 or more yards the year he ran for 2,053 yards and won co-MVP.
12/19/12 - RB Adrian Peterson was rested Wednesday, but will play on Sunday. He is listed on the injury report as having a groin and abdomen injury. But it's nothing that will keep him out of the game.
12/17/12 - RB Adrian Peterson is averaging 6.3 yards on 289 carries (1,812) this season. The NFL record for a season is 6.4 by Jim Brown in 1963. Brown had 291 carries for 1,863 yards in 1963. Peterson's 1,313 yards over the last eight games is an NFL record for an eight-game stretch.