Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is, by his own estimate, only 85 percent recovered from a high ankle sprain suffered in Week 11. The injury was severe enough to sideline him for three games. His team's record is 2-11, tied for the second-worst in the NFL.
At this point in a lost year, it can be reasonably argued that the Vikings should simply protect their greatest asset from further harm. We're talking about an all-world talent who just signed a $96 million deal ($36 million of which is guaranteed), and Minnesota is essentially in a race to the bottom of the standings, playing for draft position.
But Peterson clearly understands that the closing weeks of the season mean too much to too many of us. When asked on Thursday about the importance of a Week 15 return, these were his comments (via the Star Tribune):
"It's very important, especially for my fantasy team owners," Peterson said with a smile. "They've been giving me a hard time."
"They'll say, 'Will you ...