EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings have a better idea about how to finish preparing Adrian Peterson and his surgically repaired left knee for the season.
The plan, simply, is more practice.
Coach Leslie Frazier originally said he wanted Peterson to experience the full contact of such a setting before the real season begins, but he has backed off.
Peterson agreed this time.
"My goals are still the game," he said. "I look forward to being back the first week" of the regular season.
That Peterson was satisfied with the decision was as sure a sign as any the Vikings are making a wise move.
"There are no setbacks. That's not the reason we're doing it," Frazier said. "We just feel like more time with him in practice with some of the things that we're doing and the progression of getting him ready for the season, it's the right thing to do."
The opener is Sept. 9 against Jacksonville, and Frazier again declined to guarantee that Peterson will be cleared to play that afternoon.
JAGUARS STAR UNHAPPY: Maurice Jones-Drew's holdout appears far from over. His agent, Adisa Bakari, told AP that the Jaguars running back is upset with owner Shad Khan's recent public comments about his client's 27-day holdout. "Maurice wants to play for an organization that wants him and for an owner who respects him and values what he brings to a team — on the field, in the locker room and in the community," Bakari said. ESPN reported that Jones-Drew is open to being traded.
BRONCOS: Safety Jim Leonhard practiced for the first time since his right knee operation in December.
BROWNS: Quartarback Colt McCoy said he hasn't requested a trade after losing his starting job to rookie Brandon Weeden. "I love my teammates, I love this organization, I love this city," McCoy said after practice with the second-team offense.
EAGLES: Three-time Pro Bowl quarterback Michael Vick had an MRI exam and CT scan which revealed he has no broken bones or fractured cartilage in his ribs. Vick, who missed three games because of rib injuries in each of the past two seasons, left Monday's 27-17 victory over the Patriots after taking a shot to the ribs.
GIANTS: Defensive tackle Shaun Rogers, who has a blood clot in his left leg, got a second opinion, and the team has "a ray of hope" that Rogers will play sometime this season, coach Tom Coughlin said.
JETS: The league will not suspend nose tackle Kenrick Ellis after a review of his legal situation. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and battery stemming from a 2010 incident. Ellis was sentenced to 45 days in a Virginia prison in May; by entering an Alford plea he didn't admit guilt but acknowledged that prosecutors could prove the case.
PATRIOTS: The team released defensive lineman Jonathan Fanene, who spent the past seven seasons with the Bengals.
SEAHAWKS: Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson will start Friday at Kansas City and Matt Flynn, who started the first two preseason games, will back him up.
STEELERS: The team and a related charitable foundation dropped a trademark lawsuit after a man stopped selling "Terrible Towel" knock-offs in different languages. Nick Rossi said last week he began making the towels to raise money for Italian earthquake victims a few years ago before expanding production to other languages including Spanish and Hebrew. The "Terrible Towels" benefit mentally disabled children and adults at the Allegheny Valley School, a favorite charity of the team's late radio announcer, Myron Cope, who created the towels in the 1970s.
PORTIS RETIRES: Clinton Portis announced his retirement, nearly two years after his last game. The former University of Miami star is No. 27 on the all-time rushing list, just 77 yards shy of 10,000.