The absurdity of Adrian Peterson

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Friday will see the release of "Prometheus," a big-budget science fiction film that is set in the same movie universe as the 1979 classic "Alien."

However, the movie is actually based on the true story of the discovery of the fetus of running back phenom Adrian Peterson back in 1986.

All right, that's not true, but Peterson's possible extraterrestrial ties have yet to be dispelled by scientists.

The Minnesota Vikings running back has to be some sort of alien life form considering the quickness with which his body has healed after his knee was torn in half on Christmas Eve 2011.

That day, Peterson tore his ACL and MCL against the Washington Redskins on a play that looked so gruesome that we wondered if the then-26-year-old would ever play football again.

So much for that.

Peterson began running on dry land at the end of March and one month later he was already leaving teammates in his dust during wind sprints. Wide receiver Percy Harvin also admitted that Peterson beat him twice during uphill races at the end of May.

Peterson hasn't started working on lateral cutting yet, which is the biggest factor affected by an ACL tear, but given the way he's healed to date, we wouldn't bet against the 6-foot-1 back.

According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Peterson can't even wrap his mind around not being ready for Week 1. "What I envision is to be suited up and ready to roll, full strength," Peterson said. "Anything else, I would be cheating myself."

The Star-Tribune went on to say that one of Peterson's physical therapists said he "has a different protoplasm than the rest of the world."

It seems like most fantasy owners can't wrap their mind around Peterson actually being ready to make an impact on Opening Day, less than nine months from the injury. Peterson is being taken with the 17th pick on average in Yahoo! leagues, ninth among running backs. That's ludicrous.

Let's say AP is human after all and has some trouble cutting when training camp begins, causing him to miss the first two or three games. Thirteen games of All Day Adrian Peterson are better than 16 of other running backs.

Last season, Peterson played in 12 games and still managed to rush for 970 yards and 12 touchdowns. Plus, some of the running backs being taken before him include Ryan Mathews and Darren McFadden, both of whom are not exactly the picture of health.

If I had to take a risk with my second-round pick, I'd much rather put my eggs in the AP basket than that of McFadden, who has missed 19 games in four NFL seasons, or Mathews, who has missed six in two seasons.

One thing is clear: With the way Peterson's knee is healing, even if he's not ready for the Vikings season opener against Jacksonville on Sept. 9, he'll be up to speed when it matters most, and all it will take to acquire him is a second-round draft pick or $31 in auction drafts.

I have a feeling owners will consider that money well spent come the second half of the season.

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