Jerry Rice is arguably the best receiver to ever play the game. He knows a thing or two about injuries and how to prepare as a professional.
Think back to the 1997 NFL Season where 49ers fans witness their star wideout tear his ACL in the first week of the season. It was one where Rice presumably would miss the entire season, but in a quick turnaround, Rice was back on the field in the sixteenth week of the season.
A quick recovery put him back on the field, but he regrets coming back so fast as he cracked his patella in that same game.
Rice said today on NFL Live that Vikings Star Running Back Adrian Peterson is trying to come back too quickly from his injury as well.
“I cracked my patella,” Rice said. “I feel that I rushed myself back to the football field. And I think that with Adrian Peterson, he’s doing the same thing. Because we are accustomed to being out there with the guys, sweating with the guys, fighting on the football field. And if you’re not able to do that you just don’t feel connected. And that’s the reason why I rushed back. I hope he doesn’t do the same thing.”
Although Rice came back from injury in a four-month span, Peterson has done nearly twice the time after tearing his ACL in December, but some around the league think that it’s too fast of a return for the bruising back who has a vicious style.
The Vikings are in a rebuilding stage, and Peterson is one of the more exciting reasons Vikings fans show up on Sundays to watch their team play. If something happens and causes a setback, it could be bad news for Peterson and the Purple People Eaters.
Peterson was activated from the teams Physically-unable-to-Perform list today and it’s expected he’ll be full steam at tomorrows practice. We’re hoping that AP can stay healthy all year and he suffers no setbacks
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