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Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 09/07/2012

Adrian Peterson: Missing opener would be a “hard pill to swallow”

Adrian Peterson is ready to play in the opener, but will he? (Genevieve Ross / AP)
Adrian Peterson says his knee feels fine and he so badly wants to play Sunday in the Minnesota Vikings’ opener Sunday that “it will be a hard pill to swallow” if he cannot.

Peterson is only eight months removed from reconstructive surgery to repair his torn left anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments and giving him the ball might not be in his best interests.

“Sometimes you might not agree,” Peterson said Thursday (via “But ultimately [it’s okay] when you know someone, when you know their intention and you know their heart, and you know they’re doing what’s best for you.”

Peterson returned to practice three weeks ago and has had no major discomfort. “I haven’t had any doubts,” Peterson said. “That’s not the way I’m programmed. It’s not the way you accomplish things — to have doubts.”

Coach Leslie Frazier will make the call, possibly tonight or Saturday morning. Earlier this week, he’d said Peterson would be a game-day decision based on how he practiced this week.

“I’m ready to play,” Peterson said. “So that’s 10 snaps, 5, 25, 30, I’m ready to roll. That’s my mindset and how I’m feeling about it. So, I’m just going to keep my mind, my mindset, pointed in that direction.”

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