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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.

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45 Responses to “Vikings expect Adrian Peterson to be ready for first minicamp”
  1. filthymcnasty1 says: Feb 21, 2014 3:52 PM

    Fact:

    Adrian Peterson has won a grand total of 1 playoff game in his entire wasted career with the Vikings.

  2. stellarperformance says: Feb 21, 2014 3:55 PM

    I heard Adrian Peterson fathered another three kids during the off-season.

  3. ziggystheansah says: Feb 21, 2014 3:56 PM

    the vikings play clown music at their practices.
    they also support criminals such as Adrian Peterson, chris cook, and jerome felton

  4. sdsmooth says: Feb 21, 2014 4:00 PM

    When does AP get promoted to the major league club in Seattle?

  5. sdsmooth says: Feb 21, 2014 4:01 PM

    Fact:

    John Kuhn has won more Super Bowls than Adrian Peterson.

  6. shaggytoodle says: Feb 21, 2014 4:03 PM

    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.

  7. russellwilsonismymvp says: Feb 21, 2014 4:03 PM

    Great guy playing for a bust of a franchise.

  8. zinjaboy says: Feb 21, 2014 4:04 PM

    It reminds one of Barry Sanders in Detroit.
    Great talent wasted on just horrible teams. They both deserved better.

  9. seatownballers says: Feb 21, 2014 4:08 PM

    He’ll hold out and demand out

  10. backdapack4evr says: Feb 21, 2014 4:12 PM

    The piece is falling in place!!!
    I fell so bad for AP
    Could you imagine if he was on a winning franchise?
    Vikes are only 51 players away from a SB run!
    Lol

  11. skolvikes0987 says: Feb 21, 2014 4:12 PM

    How many playoff wins did barry sanders have?

  12. gbpackbacker says: Feb 21, 2014 4:13 PM

    Fact:

    Adrian Peterson has only won 1 MVP. This guy couldn’t hold Lacy’s jock! He is clearly a superior player because he dawns the green and gold.

  13. gbpackbacker says: Feb 21, 2014 4:15 PM

    Come to Wisconsin Peterson! We have the best looking sheep and cousins in the US!

  14. Go-Hawks! says: Feb 21, 2014 4:16 PM

    I expect many vikings fans to continue being delusional.

    FTW

  15. backdapack4evr says: Feb 21, 2014 4:17 PM

    Another NFL circus!!!
    Their new stadium will be under a big top!!!
    Big attraction is a guy with a rubber arm throwing the ball!
    Lol

  16. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says: Feb 21, 2014 4:17 PM

    Fact: He couldn’t hold Lacy’s jock because that QB of yours has already got a firm grip on it.

    Peterson > Lacy

  17. ariani1985 says: Feb 21, 2014 4:20 PM

    Fat, lazy rb-check
    soft qb -check
    worst o line in the league-check
    worst defense in the history of the nfl-check

    ladies your 2014 packers.

  18. tokyosandblaster says: Feb 21, 2014 4:32 PM

    He better be. He has to decline some more this year.

    #thewindowisclosed

  19. bordner says: Feb 21, 2014 4:32 PM

    Most delusional fans in the history of the NFL – check.

    Ladies, your 1961-2014 vikings.

  20. whatjusthapped says: Feb 21, 2014 4:33 PM

    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.

  21. seaeagle707 says: Feb 21, 2014 4:37 PM

    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.

  22. tokyosandblaster says: Feb 21, 2014 4:40 PM

    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.

    >

  23. filthymcnasty1 says: Feb 21, 2014 4:46 PM

    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.

  24. seatownballers says: Feb 21, 2014 4:48 PM

    Poet and vikesbest have been humiliated.

  25. schmitty2 says: Feb 21, 2014 4:52 PM

    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.

  26. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Feb 21, 2014 4:53 PM

    If he were 20 months old, he would still run for 100 yards against the Packers.

  27. fr0sted21 says: Feb 21, 2014 4:56 PM

    The obsessive Packer fans out in force.

  28. shaggytoodle says: Feb 21, 2014 5:01 PM

    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.

  29. ariani1985 says: Feb 21, 2014 5:04 PM

    Fact: green bay has lost in the first round of the nfl playoffs for the 5th straight year.

  30. luz56 says: Feb 21, 2014 8:31 PM

    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

  31. bobnelsonjr says: Feb 21, 2014 9:03 PM

    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.

  32. stellarperformance says: Feb 21, 2014 9:47 PM

    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.

  33. beerndrums says: Feb 21, 2014 10:03 PM

    All those roids are catching up.He might as well ask for a trade if he wants a SB ring because it’s NOT happening in Minnesota

  34. The Almighty Cabbage says: Feb 21, 2014 11:50 PM

    Fact: The Packers won their 4th Super Bowl exactly 3 years and 15 days ago.

  35. akboot says: Feb 22, 2014 12:05 AM

    I know you’re in there weeding them out. Just dumb you put some but not others up.

  36. bobnelsonjr says: Feb 22, 2014 10:35 AM

    What does posting lies and slander about the Green Bay Packers have to do with an article on Peterson’s recovery from surgery?

  37. shlort says: Feb 22, 2014 10:35 AM

    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.

  38. khmer379 says: Feb 22, 2014 11:00 AM

    Packers fan are funny.. A injured Peterson is better then a healthy lacy #facts

  39. luvmnsports2012 says: Feb 22, 2014 11:00 AM

    Fact:
    There is only one person in history with a better season than AP! And he didn’t lay for the packers!!

  40. 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. 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?

  41. filthymcnasty1 says: Feb 22, 2014 4:27 PM

    Ringless Adrian Peterson.

    Why?

    Because he plays for the hapless and tasteless Vikings.

    Losers.

  42. shaggytoodle says: Feb 22, 2014 10:23 PM

    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.

  43. 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.

  44. dcviking says: Feb 23, 2014 9:29 PM

    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.

    ————————————–

    Sheep see, packer fan do

  45. zinjaboy says: Feb 24, 2014 9:28 AM

    Packers – 13 world championships
    Vikings – 0

    #thereain’tnoappforthat

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