Sooners’ Peterson holding out hope for bowl game comeback

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) – Adrian Peterson plans to play at least one more game for Oklahoma.

The star tailback, speaking publicly for the first time since breaking his collarbone on Saturday, said he intends to play in a bowl game if the Sooners reach the postseason.

“I would enjoy going out there and playing with the guys,” Peterson said Wednesday at a news conference.

The junior was injured after falling into the end zone and landing awkwardly on his left shoulder at the end of a spectacular 53-year touchdown run in the fourth quarter of Oklahoma’s 34-9 win over Iowa State.

Peterson said he could be back in four to six weeks, but Oklahoma trainer Scott Anderson offered a six-week timeframe for Peterson’s to return. The injury was being treated without surgery, Anderson said.

Peterson, with coach Bob Stoops standing nearby, didn’t take questions about whether he plans to return to school next year or enter the NFL draft.

Oklahoma is 4-2 and 1-1 in the Big 12 entering this Saturday’s home game against Colorado. The 20th-ranked Sooners need two more wins to become bowl eligible.

If Peterson makes it back in four weeks, he could conceivably play in Oklahoma’s final two regular-season games, at Baylor on Nov. 18 and at Oklahoma State on Nov. 25.

The Big 12 title game is Dec. 2.

“It depends on how things heal,” Peterson said. “I’ve got to take my time and let it heal correctly.”

Peterson said he immediately knew something was “seriously wrong,” when he hit the turf on his final play. He said he’s still in “a lot of pain” but that he plans to maintain his conditioning while the injury heals.

Peterson ran for 183 yards and two touchdowns against Iowa State. He has 935 yards and 10 touchdowns this season and is the second-leading rusher in country.

Peterson set an NCAA Division I-A freshman record with 1,925 rushing yards in 2004 as he helped lead Oklahoma to the BCS title game and finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting. He’s rushed for at least 100 yards in 22 of his 30 games at Oklahoma, including nine straight to start his career.

His performance Saturday moved him into fourth place on Oklahoma’s all-time rushing list.

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