What If Peterson Misses the First 6 Games?
VikesCentric: What if Adrian Peterson misses the first six games? | StarTribune.com
Pretty interesting breakdown, and likely pretty true.
But, I think the best bet is to hold him out weeks 1 and 2, and see where he's at. I think he will be ready before most weaker humans would, why lock him out for 6 weeks? Specially since he could certainly improve our chances in weeks 4,5,6...?
By my count, the first four games of the season should result in two wins and two losses, no matter if Peterson plays or not. The difficulty is that Weeks 5 and 6 both seem like winnable games, but perhaps not if the team is missing its most explosive player.
That assumes Peterson is 100% healthy, though, and even if he is ready for Week 1 itís highly unlikely heíll be his usual, explosive self. Most running backs arenít back to their previous level of play until the second season after their injury, and some are never the same.
I donít envy the Vikings front office on this one. If their star player, who theyíre paying $8 million this year, declares himself healthy in training camp, it will be nearly impossible to keep him off the field. While going the PUP route would erase the temptation to put him in game action before heís truly ready, it feels like an unrealistic scenario. The best course of action would probably be to carry him on the active roster, but donít suit him up until Week 5. If heís even 90 percent of his old self, having him on the field in Weeks 5 and 6 might be the difference between a 4-2 start and a 2-4 start.