Whether Sam Bradford or Shaun Hill takes the snaps in Minnesota’s season opener, Adrian Peterson will line up behind yet another starting quarterback.
The count will reach a dozen on Sunday at Tennessee, the dawn of his 10th year in the league, and Peterson didn’t hesitate to acknowledge the difficulty of enduring so many switches throughout his career. Teddy Bridgewater’s season-ending injury prompted the latest one .
“That definitely affects me,” Peterson said. “Maybe I have to do more. Maybe I don’t have to do as much.”
Aside from Brett Favre’s spectacular performance in 2009, Peterson has almost always had to do more.
From Tarvaris Jackson to Kelly Holcomb to Brooks Bollinger to Gus Frerotte to Donovan McNabb to Joe Webb to Christian Ponder to Josh Freeman to Matt Cassel, the Vikings have failed to find a long-term solution at the sport’s most important position.
Bridgewater was on his way, poised for a significant step forward in year three after a sparkling preseason, but the damage done to the left knee of the former first-round draft pick during a freak occurrence in practice last week has now muddied his future.