Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/18/14

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 06: Runningback Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on December 6, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Vikings 30-17. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Anyone reading this article, or any on Footballnation.com for that matter, shouldn't have to be reminded that football is a contact sport.  However, it looks as though that's exactly what the Minnesota Vikings organization seems to be overlooking when it comes to their top running back, Adrian Peterson.  Minnesota Star Tribune sports reporter Dan Wiederer broke the news with the following tweet: "(Defensive back) Jamarca Sanford on orders given to the D about Adrian Peterson: "The rules are simple.  Do not touch (number) 28.  If you touch him, you're cut."" Yes, you read that correctly, cut.  Now, it's understandable that the Vikings want to protect their most valuable asset who accounted for 970 yards and 12 TDs last season, even after being hobbled by an ankle injury and missing three games. It's also logical that the coaching staff is being hyper-vigilant after Peterson's devastating knee injury in game 16 of last year that tore both the ACL and MCL ligaments in his knee.  Still,...
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