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Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 09/04/2012

Adrian Peterson’s status will be determined Sunday


Adrian Peterson will be ready for the season opener. (Jerry Holt / AP)
Adrian Peterson is back after a knee injury ended his 2011 season, but just how far back he’ll be in the Minnesota Vikings’ opener Sunday is a another matter.

Peterson has maintained all summer that he will be ready to go against the Jacksonville Jaguars. “I will be ready on Sept. 9. I will play in Week 1 against Jacksonville. That's the goal. I will reach that goal,” Peterson said during training camp. He was not available for comment Monday. “And I won't let anyone stand in my way or tell me it's not possible.”

Coach Leslie Frazier will make the call on just how much he uses his star running back. And he won’t make that decision until he sees how Peterson responds to being pushed in practice Wednesday and Thursday. Frazier plans to decide Sunday just how much to use AP, who rushed for 970 yards in 12 games last season.

“We need to see him do some things physically within what we're trying to get done against Jacksonville,” Frazier said Monday (via StarTribune.com).

Peterson, who tore his left anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in the next-to-last game of 2011, is eager to return, but Frazier said he won’t let Peterson’s feelings determine how he’ll be used.

“You really have to take the emotion out of it,” Frazier said. “You've got to really home in on what's best for him, what's best for our team. Adrian is not just another guy on our team. He is, in so many ways, the face of what we try to do. So we have to be able to see the big picture when it comes to him.”

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