Minneapolis, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will not play in either of the team's final preseason games this year, head coach Leslie Frazier announced on Tuesday.
Peterson had not played in either of the team's first two preseason games after undergoing knee surgery last December, and he said on Tuesday he was satisfied with the team's decision.
"Everything has gone better than can be expected up to this point," Frazier said of Peterson's comeback, "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."
The team feels confident that Peterson will be ready for the regular season opener on September 9, hoping to increase his workload in practice over the next couple of weeks to help him get ready.
Peterson had surgery near the end of last season to repair a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee, that after rushing for 970 yards and 12 touchdowns for Minnesota in the 2011 season.