Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has lamented the grind of training camp. Training camp is here for the Vikings, and he’s not yet grinding.
Via Ben Goessling of ESPN.com, coach Mike Zimmer said that Peterson has a pulled hamstring. He got the injury while working out on his own before camp.
But Peterson passed his physical and is practicing. So it’s not a major issue.
“He can do things. He just can’t turn it all the way loose,” Zimmer said. “We’re just being careful.”
The situation gives the team’s other backs extra work, including star-in-the-making Jerick McKinnon.
“It’s good we get to see some of these young backs,” Zimmer said. “But [Peterson will] be out here fairly soon, I think.”
Still, hamstrings heal only with proper rest. There’s an extent to which the muscle can be pushed before it tightens up and delays the healing process. For Peterson, the best move is to give him a break and to allow the rest of the offense to get used to a future that eventually and inevitably will include Peterson not being a member of the team.