Jerick McKinnon's time with the 49ers began in March 2018, when the running back signed a four-year contract with the team. Unfortunately, he tore his ACL before that year started, then suffered a setback before 2019 started, so he has yet to take a real snap for San Fran.
Well, McKinnon has been steadfastly grinding to get himself back in shape — again — and now, he's ready to really put himself through something serious: A workout in Houston with Adrian Peterson.
The 28-year-old overlapped with the future Hall of Famer in Minnesota, so he's well aware of what Peterson does in his training. To McKinnon, if he can get through what Peterson subjects him to, it'll be the surest sign yet his knee is where it needs to be.
“I feel like it’s my last test to really see how it feels,” McKinnon told Matt Barrows of The Athletic. “That’s really where I’m going to amp it up as hard as I can and see where it goes.”
It's not surprising at all that McKinnon is calling on Peterson in this crucial part of his comeback. Nearly every Redskin looks up to the legend, too, as do countless players around the league who haven't even shared a locker room with him.
Now, as far as a "final test" goes, McKinnon sure is choosing the most difficult one available. Hopefully, though, he'll be able to pass it — and then have lots of water and a comfy couch to recover on after it.
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