What do you think they haven't done very well? They've kept him away from contact and have limited his running and emphasized patience throughout his rehabilitation process. If he's coming off the PUP list now and returning to practice this week, maybe that just means he's actually ready to to return to practice. From what I've read, most orthopedic physicians recommend an athlete wait at least 6 months and preferably 7-9 months after surgery to repair a torn ACL before returning to athletic competition. Peterson is past the 7 month mark now so maybe he's ready to test his knee in practice.S197 wrote:With Simpson out the first 3 games, it's basically the same offense as last year. The line and TE positions have been upgraded but not enough to stop the 8 and 9-man fronts AD commands. That's too much abuse on someone who isn't even 9 months removed from the injury. Everyone knew that someone had to reign AD in because he's a beastly competitor, I have to say at this point I don't think that's being done very well.
At this point, we don't know if there is any rush. The target has been to get him ready to play in week 1 but Frazier has hedged his bets on that all along. They will probably see how he responds to practice reps and take it from there. If he looks ready for contact after practicing for a while, maybe they'll work in some light contact. IF he plays in a preseason game, I'm guessing it will be a brief appearance and even if he plays in week 1, that doesn't mean he'll be out there for the majority of the offensive snaps taking abuse from stacked defenses.