Adrian Peterson is recovering from December knee surgery, while Maurice Jones-Drew is returning from a contract hold out situation. The Jaguars will definitely put Jones-Drew on the field. Adrian Peterson is another story.
Jerry Holt, The Star Tribune/AP
Maurice Jones-Drew saw the video clips of Adrian Peterson sprinting up the slope at the edge of Minnesota's practice field, another display of the Vikings star's fierce determination to have his surgically repaired left knee ready in time for the regular season.
The sight was so stirring for Jones-Drew it catalyzed the end of his holdout from the Jacksonville Jaguars. After all, heavy-load running backs like the two of them can use some company in today's NFL. They've fast become a relic in this pass-driven league.
"Seeing him run those hills, he kind of inspired me to get back at it again," Jones-Drew said, adding: "It shows he has the right mindset and he's ready to go to work. I'm wishing him all the best."
Except, of course, on Sunday when the Jaguars visit the Vikings.
Though Vikings coach Leslie Frazier has squeezed every last cautionary comment out of his lexicon over the past few months, declining to grant final clearance, all signs have pointed to Peterson's participation in the opener. Frazier has stressed his use will be limited behind Toby Gerhart.
"We're going to prepare like he's the guy," Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey said, refusing to embrace Frazier's stated plan.