Peterson made another important step in his recovery from knee surgery last winter as he took hits for the first time in practice on Monday. Reported by 1500ESPN.com
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The Vikings were in full pads and while Peterson was not taken to the ground by the defense, he also was no longer off limits when it came to delivering hits. None of the contact, of course, was delivered low to Peterson's knees. Peterson, who will not play in the preseason but has targeted the Sept. 9 regular-season opener against Jacksonville as his return date, was taken off the active/physically-unable-to-perform list on Aug. 12 after having surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligament in his left knee on Dec. 30. HC Leslie Frazier said Peterson took "some good hard hits," and did a nice job adjusting on the fly as he looked for open running lanes. Peterson's ability to cut on his reconstructed knee is something the Vikings need to see before they clear him to play in a game. Frazier hasn't been willing to say Peterson definitely will play against the Jaguars. Asked what Peterson's role might be in that game if he does play, Frazier said: "I want to see what he has to say after what we did today. Then we need to go through a full week with him in the game plan to see how he responds. I'm anxious to talk with him and see what he thought about today."