EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Adrian Peterson will make his preseason debut for the Minnesota Vikings this week against the San Francisco 49ers.
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier says his plan is to get the reigning NFL MVP some playing time after sitting Peterson during the first two exhibition games.
"We're going to get him in the ball game Sunday night, and we want to be a balanced offense, but as anyone that follows us knows, our offense is going to be ran through No. 28, through Adrian," Frazier said.
Frazier would not elaborate on how much he will play his star running back, but he did say that he doesn't expect him to play into the third quarter.
Peterson's presence should be a huge boon to the Vikings' starting offense, which has looked ragged in the first two weeks.
"Without Adrian Peterson in there in our scheme, it impacts our offense tremendously because he's the focal point," Frazier said. "Yeah, it definitely makes a difference and that will be obvious when we open up the season."
It will be the first preseason action in two years for Peterson. He missed all of the exhibition season last year while working his way back from torn ligaments in his left knee. He went on to rush for 2,097 yards last season, the second-highest total in league history.