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Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 08/21/2012

Adrian Peterson won’t play in last two preseason games


Adrian Peterson is going to watch the Minnesota Vikings’ last two preseason games, just as he did the game against the Buffalo Bills last Friday. (Genevieve Ros / AP)
The Minnesota Vikings have decided not to test their luck with Adrian Peterson in preaseason games. Instead, they will save their star running back, who is recovering from knee surgery, for the regular season.

Coach Leslie Frazier confirmed Tuesday that Peterson would sit out the final two preseason games purely as a precaution, saying, “It’s the right thing to do.” Peterson, who is recovering from torn anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments, was taken off the physically-unable-to-perform list Aug. 12 and has practiced in full pads only four times.

“I wouldn't mind getting in for a couple of series just to test it out and see how I do,” Peterson told Startribune.com last week. “Personally, to be honest with you, I feel like I'm fine and I'll be good to go no matter what. But it would be good to get some game action."

Peterson was injured Dec. 24 and had reconstructive surgery six days later.

“It’s just a part of the progression,” Frazier said today (via the Star-Tribune). “We think he’s doing a good job. There are not setbacks. That’s not the reason we’re doing it. We just feel like more time with him in practice with some of the things that we’re doing and the progression of getting him ready for the season, it’s the right thing to do.

"That doesn’t guarantee that he’ll be ready for Jacksonville [in the regular-season opener]. But what this does is give us more time to throw more things at him in practice and get him prepared. Hopefully there won’t be any setbacks. There haven’t been to this point. He’s continued to progress. And everything has gone better than can be expected up to this point. But this is a decision we made. We talked with him about it. And for the first time in our conversations, he kind of seemed like he understood. He even used the word ‘patience.’ And I was like, ‘Wow. Finally. It’s clicking.’ He’s on board, everybody’s on board. This is the right thing to do.”

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