EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Adrian Peterson hasn't wavered all summer: He says he is ready to play for Minnesota in the season opener.
The star running back, recovering from a surgically repaired left knee, said Thursday he has "somewhat" of a gut feeling about whether the Vikings will let him suit up on Sunday for the game against Jacksonville.
Peterson didn't specify whether he's expecting to play and knows the decision is out of his hands.
"I'm below; I got coach (Leslie) Frazier, then I've got the owner, there's a lot of people that's really calling the shots," Peterson said. "So, only thing I can do is control my part. I've been doing that this week, continue to do that today. And before the game, I'm going to go out there and see what I can do and hopefully I will get the nod. I want to play, obviously."
Frazier has said Peterson's participation won't be determined until right before the game, but said a decision would likely come after watching Peterson in practice Thursday and Friday. He said there was nothing the back could probably show the team on Sunday to change any previous declarations.
"I think we'd know Saturday where things are," Frazier said. "I don't think we'd work him out pregame to see if he's ready to play. We'll have a good idea after we get through with Friday where he stands."
Frazier has pushed a cautious approach, insisting this week that if Peterson does play against the Jaguars his workload will be limited. Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said the team has determined an appropriate number of carries for Peterson in the opener if he suits up.
Peterson had surgery Dec. 31 to repair two torn ligaments in his left knee stemming from a hit in a game at Washington late last season. The knee injury, and a previous high ankle sprain that limited Peterson to 12 games, kept him from reaching 1,000 yards for the first time in his five NFL seasons. Peterson said it will be tough if he's told he won't be active for Sunday's game.