Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 9/3/12
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Back at practice Monday for the start of the first week of the regular season, Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier was making no assurances on the availability of star running back Adrian Peterson. Frazier said he wants to see how Peterson does in practice this week and said the team will wait to make the decision whether to activate Peterson right up until Sunday. "Without question, we're going to give our team and give him every chance possible before we make that decision," Frazier said Monday. Peterson's goal ever since Dec. 31 surgery to repair two torn knee ligaments has been playing in the first game of the regular season. Despite returning to practice on Aug. 12 and taking contact last week for the first time since surgery, Peterson's availability, and workload, are in doubt for Sunday's regular-season opener at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Frazier isn't worried about having to tweak the game plan against Jacksonville depending on Peterson's availability because of Toby Gerhart's success last season. But Frazier does need to see more out of Peterson. "You're trying to determine as we are putting the game plan in, how is he from a mental standpoint and picking that up and the things we want to get done? But also physically, when we get on the field some of the things we're going to ask him to do, how he responds to some of the things we're going to ask him to do? Catching the football, certain runs that we want him to make in practice, so we can kind of gauge if he's ready to line up against an opponent. We won't do any heavy contact, for obvious reasons, but we need to see him do some things physically within what we're trying to get done against Jacksonville." Follow Brian Hall on Twitter.
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