Jaguars Vs. Vikings: Adrian Peterson Could Be Backup RB To Start Season

MINNEAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 7: Running back Toby Gerhart #32 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball against the Arizona Cardinals at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on November 7 2010 in Minneapolis Minnesota. The Vikings won 27-24 in overtime. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

It's a few months until the start of the 2012 NFL regular season, but some teams have lingering issues that could change how the Jaguars match up with them. One team in particular, the season opener for the Jaguars, in the Minnesota Vikings have a big question at the running back position. According to Tom Pelissero of ESPN 1500 in Minneapolis, Peterson could start the season as the Vikings backup.

Peterson is nearly six months into his rehabilitation from knee reconstruction, and coach Leslie Frazier says he's on pace to meet his goal of playing in Week 1. But it's a given Peterson will be limited in the early going, and there's no way of knowing when or if he'll be himself in 2012. Gerhart has bulked up and is in line to carry the load out of the gate.

While defending Adrian Peterson coming off a completely blown up knee could still be an issue for NFL teams, stopping Toby Gerhart shouldn't be too much of a concern for the Jaguars defense.

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