Vikings expect Adrian Peterson to be ready for first minicamp

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Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is recovering from groin surgery, his third offseason operation in as many years, but the Vikings aren’t worried his availability for the first minicamp of the offseason in April.

Coach Mike Zimmer said Friday that Peterson is “doing great” in his rehab from the operation and that he should be “great to go” for Zimmer’s first minicamp as the team’s head coach. Zimmer also said that he isn’t particularly concerned with the effects of wear and tear on Peterson after 2,033 carries over his first seven NFL seasons.

“This guy isn’t an average 28- or 29-year-old back,” Zimmer said, via FOX Sports North. “This guy is special and some of the things, when we were fixing to play him, some of the things that I thought, I watched him and I was like, ‘Wow, if we’re not really good in the way we line up and contain and be in the right positions, we’re going to have a hard, hard day.’ He could have been 20 months old for all I care.”

The Vikings have spent a lot of time talking about quarterbacks, but there’s no doubt that Peterson will be a significant part of the offense next season. They’ve talked about using him more as a receiver to get him the ball in space, something that could help whoever winds up as the quarterback settle into the role once Zimmer’s initial team takes the field.

45 responses to “Vikings expect Adrian Peterson to be ready for first minicamp

  1. He is a great athlete and fun to watch, but he is getting banged up more and surgery every off season. I hope he can go someplace where he has chance at a SB, he deserves it.

    Peterson gets stats not Wins. The days of RBs dominating as they did 20 years ago are over. Even though is his the closest thing to it.

  2. Peterson had a great chance to get to a Superbowl but it literally slipped thru his hands. Before the 12 men in the huddle, before Favre threw yet another terrible NFC Championship game INT, Peterson fumbled the ball three times. That will be his legacy, that and all the children fathered out of wedlock.

  3. A guy who makes his living with his legs/hips/lower torso can take only so many injuries, before the accumulated damages begin to be a liability for him. AP has been a superstar at his position, but I don’t expect to see the same kind of speed/agility continuing for too much longer. I have no ill wishes for him, but I do know what the realities are, and for him, they say, “You ARE going to slow down, or you will see more major injuries in your short-term future.”

    What’s true for him is equally true for all of the other great RB’s in football, including Lynch. It just doesn’t last indefinitely, so make the most of it while you can.

  4. Remember when the Vikings fans were going to copy and paste my predictions of the Vikings not getting to .500 last year? Claiming I was ignorant?

    I haven’t seen any.

    Weird.

    >

  5. Even though he plays for the hapless and tasteless Vikings, I felt bad for Adrian last year when that Viking fan killed his abandoned child.

    Fortunately he was able to put it all behind him and play football the next Sunday.

  6. Fact: Packer fans have nothing better to do with their day than comment on every Vikes thread.

    Fact: Vikes fans have nothing better to do with their day than talk like they are a relevent franchise when they have won nothing.

    Fact: both teams fans are just plain annoying.

  7. Remember when the vikings were one and done in the playoffs. Atleast the Packers are consitant enough keep going back to the playoffs. Even with all they dealt with last season.

  8. Long time true long suffering Viking fan here…. Really too bad AP now it stuck on the other side of the mountain as the Vikes continue their rebuild…. Do the guy a favor and trade him while you can get at least a #1… Pretty sure NE, Miami, Dallas feel they are a dynamic player away

  9. The wear and tear has come from 1st and 2nd down. He gets pulled on 3rd down for a player that can block better and can catch the ball better.

    The vikings should have traded him when he had some trade value. Now that he is on the downhill side of his career and has had some major surgeries, the vikings are essentially stuck with him and his overpriced contract.

  10. The Packers endured a first round loss only twice in the last five years, 2009 and 2013. 2010 was the SuperBowl year…hardly a loss. 2011 and 2012 were Divisional Round losses. And the Packers OWN THE VIKINGS. You left that part out.

  11. Peterson will decline quickly at this point in his career. The Vikings are going to use him up over the next couple seasons, and then trade him for a couple picks.

  12. Must be pretty pathetic to be a packer fan when the first 15-20 comments are from their ‘classy’ fanbase about a Viking article. Real class in green bay. The Minnesota Viking inferiority complex is shining strong today from East MN!

    Pathetic>Packers.

    Peterson only had 48 carries the last 5 games and still had 100 more yards on five fewer carries for the season than Lacy. How many times did Lacy set the single game rushing record his rookie year?

  13. If drafting if the first round made you win games the Vikings would be great.

    They have had 5 first round picks in the last two drafts.

    5 Was also the number of wins they had last season.

    You think with 22 starters, and over a 25% of them being 1st round picks at one point. They would be better.

  14. Frazier28/7 says:
    Feb 22, 2014 1:27 PM
    Must be pretty pathetic to be a packer fan when the first 15-20 comments are from their ‘classy’ fanbase about a Viking article.
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    Monkey see, monkey do.

  15. stellarperformance says: Feb 23, 2014 7:30 PM

    Frazier28/7 says:
    Feb 22, 2014 1:27 PM
    Must be pretty pathetic to be a packer fan when the first 15-20 comments are from their ‘classy’ fanbase about a Viking article.
    ///////////////////////////

    Monkey see, monkey do.

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    Sheep see, packer fan do

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