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Will AP Run Different to Save Himself?


Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is only 23 years old, and he should have a long career ahead of him.

But Peterson says that in order to prolong his career, he might need to change his running style and stop fighting for additional yardage if it means exposing himself to additional hits.

“I hear that from so many different people, ‘When three guys got you wrapped up it might be in your best interest to go down,’” Peterson said. “It was kind of hard for me to take that until I took a shot to my knee. I want to say it was the Tampa Bay game. Some guys are really out there to hurt you. I found that out that game. It was a play where I was being held up and the whistle was blown. I wasn’t going anywhere, and I just kept fighting for yards and a guy that wasn’t in the play just came in and dove straight for my knee and tried to take me out. It is really all about being smart. I have learned a lot and took heed of that.”

Fans usually want to see players fight for every yard they can get, rather than go down or step out of bounds to avoid hits. Of course, it’s easy for fans, from the comfort of their couches, to complain about players who avoid contact. And considering that there were concerns about Peterson’s durability when he was coming out of Oklahoma, if changing his running style makes him less prone to injury, it’s probably a good idea.

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