Adrian Peterson has a pulled hamstring

AP

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.

61 responses to “Adrian Peterson has a pulled hamstring

  1. Hamstring schmamstring. He doesn’t like practice. He wants the fans to think he’s all-in and with the program, and they bow and believe him without question, but he’s a self-centered egomaniac and will continue to do things his way…….like it or not.

  2. What a baby. Please get to 100% healthy Adrian so your fan base has no excuse when you and your team get the snot knocked out of you in week two.

  3. hmmmm….. it’s almost like he’s OLD for a RB. No one beats father time. Even a guy who’s so good at beating 4 year olds.

    Vikings are in real trouble without this guy at HOF level.

  4. Perfect way to get out of training camp…I agree with this 100%

    we talkin’ bout PRACTICE….not games…PRACTICE

  5. oh oh, the vikes offense needs a healthy AP.

    hope Zimmer does not pull a tomsula and play a hurt player

  6. Honestly I can’t blame AP or the Vikes for sitting this guy out much of camp. Dude’s a stud who doesn’t need August reps. But honestly, AP (sorry, All Day) is becoming about as annoying as Peyton Manning. He simply wants to remain relevant and in the news. 745 yards, 7 TDs, 11 games played and ends 2016 on IR. Enjoy his last year, Vikes fans. You had one of the very best ever.

  7. darkneptune73 says:
    Jul 30, 2016 9:41 PM
    Amazing how trolls come at Viking posts like flies on steaming hot garbage.
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    We’re the flies, right?

  8. As Hillary would say, “What difference does it make?”

    He never plays in the pre season anyway. He could be working on his fumbling, he seems to save that for the playoff games in the off chance the Vikings make it that far.

  9. Packer trolls- try to understand one thing… Adrian isn’t missing week 2.

    But let’s just pretend he did- McKinnon and the rest of Vikings offense is going to curb-stomp your defense with no problem at all.

    Now let’s go to the other side of the ball. Look at Aaron’s 2015 stats when he plays a top 5 D on the road (Denver made him look like an absolute joke). Zimmer’s D is going to be lights out. Thought they were tough last year? They’re just starting to warm up.

    Good luck- because luck’s all you have.

  10. When you get older you don’t recover like you use too….

    While he should be able to be back regular season, any way you cut it Hammys tend to linger.

    For a guy that doesn’t claim he is slowing down his body is showing something else.

  11. I love all this “GB is scared of AP talk” They aren’t…

    GB has like a 13-5-1 record against the Vikings since drafting AP.

    So while AP may have good games, the Vikings still average less than 1 win a season vs. GB. since 07.

    That’s not good and nothing to toot your horn about.

  12. Hamstring injuries are impossible to prove unless they’re hamstring tears. In the past you had a lot of franchised players “pull them” as a way of staying out of camp without getting fined.

    Now not saying he’s doing this on purpose but I imagine at this point in his career there’s really zero benefit for him to be in training camp for more than a week at the end in order to get ready.

    Pretty sure he knows the plays by now and would only risk injury the more times he’s out there.

    Now I’m not a Vikes fan by any means but to think this stance is somehow unique to AP is foolish. Remember L.T never played in preseason games past his third year and Emmitt missed all of training camp and two games to start a season only to come back and win the Super Bowl and an MVP.

  13. They’re dumb for making him particle anyway. Why not rest him until the season starts. He’s not going to forget how to play RB.

    It’s 2016, he can get into “football shape” without padded practices.

  14. They’re dumb for making him practice anyway. Why not rest him until the season starts. He’s not going to forget how to play RB.

    It’s 2016, he can get into “football shape” without padded practices.

  15. Packer fans couldn’t care less if Peterson plays or not. He’s had sporadic success against the Packers here and there, but has never really been a significant factor.

  16. stellarperformance says:

    Packer fans couldn’t care less if Peterson plays or not. He’s had sporadic success against the Packers here and there, but has never really been a significant factor.

    This is why were considered one of the least knowledgable fan bases in the league. We consider a 5.25 YPA average good while completely ignoring the fact that we’ve only been able to keep AP under 4 yards per carry 4 times in 17 tries. That is the very definition of being dominated by sustained success. Especially when you consider our defense has had only one job for most of APs career are they still can’t do it.

  17. Big NFC North Champion fan chiming in….

    Mckinnon IS a star in the making. Outside of QB, the depth on the Vikings is incredible. Zimmer does not hand out praise lightly and already has said the OL looks better than he has ever seen. And Teddy and the WRs are lighting it up early in training camp. The GB trolls won’t be able to live in denial once the games start.

    Remember the social media silence from Packerland after the last time they played the Vikings. We will hear a lot of that silence once games begin. SKOL!

  18. Wait…

    Wouldn’t the Packers record vs the Vikings be a better way to see how “dominant” he has been?

    No?

    Yards are more important than wins?

    That’s what makes vikings fans vikings fans.

  19. So many Viking fans pretend to be Packer fans, just to be able to post a comment. What are you ashamed of? I guess it’s the ‘ol “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em?”

    That’s my explanation. What’s yours?

  20. Wait…

    Wouldn’t the Packers record vs the Vikings be a better way to see how “dominant” he has been?

    No?

    Yards are more important than wins?

    That’s what makes vikings fans vikings fans.
    =========================
    And this is coming from the Packers fans that have literally been saying that yards are in fact more important than wins. That’s how they justify Rodgers being awesome and Bridgewater being terrible even though Bridgewater won more games. Do you guys even attempt to think about what mindless drivel is about to come out of your mouths before speaking or are you too busy stuffing it full of cheeze whiz?

  21. I hope he gets beaten with a tree branch, so he knows how that 4-year-old child felt.

  22. Some of us are true Packers fans, not like the ones who lived in Minnesota and sometimes like the Vikings. I’ve had my problems, but not like a split personality thing, I’m loyal, and that’s why Wisconsin loves me and why I’m Wisconsin’s Favorite Son.

  23. spyder9669 says:
    Jul 31, 2016 1:14 PM
    And this is coming from the Packers fans that have literally been saying that yards are in fact more important than wins.
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    You are literally full of it. You won’t find one instance of a single Packer fan saying that.

  24. minnescrotums says:
    Jul 31, 2016 12:32 PM

    Wait…
    ______________________

    He takes the 2 things that he just can’t get off his mind and combines them for his username.

    It’s really none of our business- but if it makes you feel better to let everyone know- go for it…

  25. filthymcnasty3 says:
    Jul 31, 2016 1:48 PM
    When did Bridgewater win more games?

    I must have missed a season somewhere.
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    LOL 11 wins to Erin’s 10 last year…..glad you really know your NFL. Now bring up the postseason win vs. the Redskins as I can always guess a Packer troll response….

  26. mnvikes1961 says:
    Jul 31, 2016 2:42 PM

    minnescrotums says:
    Jul 31, 2016 12:32 PM

    Wait…
    ______________________

    He takes the 2 things that he just can’t get off his mind and combines them for his username.

    It’s really none of our business- but if it makes you feel better to let everyone know- go for it…
    ———————-
    If you think that is funny look up the meaning of one of his other usernames ‘toykosandblaster’ to see what else he likes or thinks is cool.

  27. filthymcnasty3 says:
    Jul 30, 2016 10:38 PM
    This is potentially problematic because the Vikings are well known as a one man team.
    ———————
    Hey Cheesebrain, you should talk. The Packers are the NFL’s ULTIMATE one man team. Lil Erin gets injured and Pack meet sewer.

  28. spyder9669 says:
    Jul 31, 2016 1:14 PM

    And this is coming from the Packers fans that have literally been saying that yards are in fact more important than wins. That’s how they justify Rodgers being awesome and Bridgewater being terrible even though Bridgewater won more games.
    ————————————

    Well, technically they both won the same number of games. Aaron just happened yo win a playoff game while Teddy didn’t.

    And wins aren’t more important that yards, but yards aren’t necessarily more important than yards. Football is more a team sport than almost any other. A QB’s supporting cast is probably more important that any of his stats.

  29. spyder9669 says:
    Jul 31, 2016 1:14

    And this is coming from the Packers fans that have literally been saying that yards are in fact more important than wins. That’s how they justify Rodgers being awesome and Bridgewater being terrible even though Bridgewater won more games. Do you guys even attempt to think about what mindless drivel is about to come out of your mouths before speaking or are you too busy stuffing it full of cheeze whiz?
    _____________

    If you count the post-season the Packers and Vikings won the SAME amount of games, fans of teams that actually ACCOMPLISH something put more stock into post-season games. “Its only Wasahington” but beating the Giants with their best player Suspended should be equal right?

    I guess when your favorite teams greatest accomplishment is a division title, its easy to look the other way on winning the games it takes to be a NFL Champion.

    Theodore Bridgewater had an AWFUL season, and the reason not just Packer fans but most fans with football knowledge are hard on him, is because everyone keeps saying he is a “Franchise” QB. So while your current “Franchise” player chews up gobs of Cap space, and deteriorates as he gets older you need the NEW one to step up. He had fewer than 18 completions in ELEVEN games last year.

    You can keep polishing that crap however you want but in 1-3 seasons when AP retires or is turned loose, its going to Theodore’s team and if you want good things to happen you better understand that many of these “trolls” aren’t too far off, and if you keep turning a blind eye to it and bathing in delusions don’t be surprised when you’re favorite team is mirroring the Cowboys when they had Quincy Carter at the helm.

  30. lindacaseauthor says:
    Jul 31, 2016 3:49 PM

    filthymcnasty3 says:
    Jul 30, 2016 10:38 PM
    This is potentially problematic because the Vikings are well known as a one man team.
    ———————
    Hey Cheesebrain, you should talk. The Packers are the NFL’s ULTIMATE one man team. Lil Erin gets injured and Pack meet sewer.
    ===================================
    The Packers would definitely suffer if Rodgers got hurt.

    The good thing about the Vikings is that if Bridgewater gets injured, there would be very little impact on the Vikings,’ or even the possibility that the passing offense actually improves.

  31. Yes one of the downfalls of an elite QB is if he gets hurt his back up isn’t probably going to be able to replace his MVP caliber play. When Rodgers went down GB did struggle but they still managed to win the division without him being in a third of the games cuz they refused to rush him back ( look at Romo last season)

    Luckily GB has whom was argued to be the 3rd best QB in the Winston Mariotta class. I feel he could actually give Theodore a run for his starting gig ofnthem were on the same team.

    Luckily for the Vikings their current starter is only possibly better than his back up actually it’s even more likely since the rg messed his foot up kicking a window in, or do they still Employ that Shaun over the Hill

  32. Just got home from Packers Family Night.

    Here’s a built in joke:

    If the Vikings had a family fun night, their fans could bring their sister AND their wife, and only need 1 extra ticket.

  33. mnvikes1961 says:
    Jul 30, 2016 10:20 PM
    Packer trolls- try to understand one thing… Adrian isn’t missing week 2.
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    Yeah, we know, that’s our point……..he’s faking.

  34. The best part of these stories is all the Packers fans that chime in. It’s obvious they have RB envy – or they wouldn’t be spewing their verbal sewage on a Vikings related article. This guy came back faster, stronger and more focused; from an ACL tear, and with greater success than any other athlete before him.

    And someone is worried about a hamstring pull? If I were the Packers I’d be concerned about starting the season with 2 games on the road and being 0-2 before you even get back home. Jacksonville isn’t going to be a pushover at home and to top it off, you have a bye-week, 4 weeks in.

    Good luck in the 2nd half.

  35. Why would Packer fans ve jealous of the RB? They have the same amount of Super Bowl rings as him.

    Viking fans should know better than to start handing out Ws and Ls in August especially after their performance against the 9ers last year whom many coukd argue to have one of the worst fd seasons in decades.

  36. All you people saying Bridgewater sucks, well he’s in his 3rd year yeah 3rd year. I know its hard deal with but the packer fans that are saying this probably don’t realize their own QB sat behind Brett Farve for 4yrs holding the clipboard. Imagine him being thrown into fire his rookie year, noone can guess, your lucky to have had Farve before him the packers were irrellevant

  37. Although a few here say he sucks, most people don’t think that. He just hasn’t really done a whole lot to prove himself yet, but a good amount of Vikings’ fans keep lauding the guy as if he’s done something special, or that he’s the prime reason the Vikings’ are winning. The Vikings’ defense, Adrian Peterson, and Zimmer are all bigger reasons for the Vikings’ success than Bridgewater. Maybe this is the year that he starts putting it together and shows that he can drive the Vikings rather than being along for the ride.

  38. Gotta love the cheese. They sneer at AD because he has a hammy and may be out a few PS games, yet believe their team is going to win it all because a 31 year old WR with two bad wheels and is still sitting on the PUP list might might might return.

    I’m going to love seeing Nelson pushing a walker downfield every play. While he lasts, that is.

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