EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Running back Adrian Peterson is taking his first hits in practice with the Minnesota Vikings in his continued recovery from major knee surgery.
Coach Leslie Frazier said that Peterson, who had surgery on Dec. 31 to repair two torn ligaments in his left knee, has begun taking his from defenses during team drills in practice Monday. Peterson returned to practice two weeks ago after being activated from the physically unable to perform list, but Frazier had a strict no-hitting policy on Peterson, who's been ruled out of playing the preseason.
Without any games to prepare Peterson for the regular-season opener on Sept. 9, Frazier said the team would slowly start to give Peterson more contact during practice to get him ready for game-like conditions. That first contact came Monday.
"We put him through some things today," Frazier said. "We told our defense to hit him a little bit, see how he responded. So, I'm anxious to talk with him and see...