Playing a star player in preseason is always a risky proposition, and for the Vikings and head coach Mike Zimmer, the player that he’s debating should play or not is running back Adrian Peterson.
AP for the majority of his career has been healthy, minus the ACL injury in 2011, but at the same time, why play your best offensive player in a meaningless preseason injury and risk injury?
NFL.com way of the Star-Tribune wrote about that very situation today.
In Minnesota, that person is Adrian Peterson and his coach, Mike Zimmer, was asked when or if the star running back would be taking preseason snaps.
“If he wants to,” Zimmer said, via the Star-Tribune.
He added: “Well, I’m going to sit down and talk to him about it. If he wants to play, we’ll discuss what we think. If he goes in there, he’s probably not going to get one pass and out. He’s going to play.”
According to the Tribune, Peterson has not taken the field before the regular season opener in three years and has not logged a rushing stat in the preseason in five years. While it makes perfect sense given the short lifespan at the position and the increased potential for a devastating injury, Zimmer at least seems remotely interested in seeing his offensive centerpiece against another opponent before their season opener on Sept. 11.
Personally two words come to mind when I think about AP playing in the preseason – bad idea.
If Peterson plays and gets hurt, the Vikings chances of a repeat of the NFC North title seem to basically slip away before they even take the field.
Don’t play him till the first play of September 11th, that’s when it counts and he’ll be needed the most.