Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 8/14/12

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings runs the ball against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
MANKATO, Minn. Adrian Peterson will don pads again Tuesday afternoon for the first time since tearing two ligaments in his left knee during a December game, and Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier made it known to the team's defense to be cautious with the star running back. Frazier met with the defense and said to take things easy on Peterson as he returns to padded practices on Tuesday, two days after being activated off the physically unable to perform list. After activating Peterson Sunday, Frazier said Peterson wouldn't be tackled during training camp, "if I have anything to say about it." And he continued preaching caution on Tuesday. "I talked to them about it and now they have to adhere to it," Frazier said of his meeting with the defense. "One of the things they told me was, Coach, you know how he runs. What about protecting us?' He's not going to change his running style. We all know that. But we have to be smart when he's out there and know that we need to be conscious of when he's in the huddle." Peterson has had two days of practice in walk-throughs and noncontact drills in his return from major knee surgery on Dec. 31 to repair torn anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments. Peterson has pushed through an intensive rehabilitation to be ready for action less than eight months after surgery. Frazier hasn't said when Peterson will return to game action or whether Peterson will meet his goal of playing in the first regular-season game on Sept. 9. But Frazier said he has been told Peterson has accomplished everything he can on his own, working out on the side fields and in the weight room with the trainers and strength coach. The coaches plan to get Peterson action on Tuesday and slowly increase his workload if his surgically repaired knee responds well. "We have a few plays to gauge where he is and be able to give us an indication of how he feels after getting a couple of snaps," Frazier said. "We'll have a few plays here and there for him." Follow Brian Hall on Twitter.
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