EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. This season's tale of Adrian Peterson's recovery has had many chapters since major knee surgery on Dec. 30 to repair two torn knee ligaments.
First came his intensive offseason rehabilitation work. Second was the wonder if he would be ready to play in the season's first game just over eight months from surgery as was his stated goal from the beginning. Once he was back on the field, the watch started to become how effective he would be. After showing limited rust, Peterson was squarely in the discussion for comeback player of the year.
Now, after Sunday's 171 yards rushing and 61-yard touchdown to close out surprising Minnesota's 34-24 win against the Lions to head into next week's bye at 6-4, Peterson has elevated himself into most valuable player discussion.
Peterson as the league's MVP became a talking point nationally since Sunday's win, and coach Leslie Frazier supports Peterson's credentials.
"We do have a lot of football to be played, but if you ask m...