Peterson keeping focus on field, not courtroom
AUG 08, 2012 1:04p ET
One of those steps is Peterson reacting to being hit again. The four-time Pro Bowler said he doesn't plan on wearing a brace on the knee once he is activated and wants to be past the injury mentally. He said he could wear a sleeve on the knee but doesn't want the constant reminder a brace would provide.
Earlier this summer, Sugarman said a bigger brace wouldn't necessarily help Peterson avoid another injury. The sleeve will at least offer Peterson some support.
Now Peterson has to react to defenders hitting him low and must make adjustments to protect himself. He says he's ready to take hits and wants to get the feeling again of being hit and taken to the ground by tacklers.
"It might sound strange, but just to get that feel," Peterson said, adding later there is no way to replicate the feeling of getting hit in game situations. "I don't think there's a way you can do it. You got to get hit in order to get that full effect. Hopefully we come out here and get some live periods going on and I'm sure everything will be high, but it will at least be a little something."
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