Peterson back after ‘scary’ hospitalization
Adrian Peterson (Bruce Kluckhohn/US Presswire)
Adrian Peterson (Bruce Kluckhohn/US Presswire)
Posted Jul 31, 2012
Tim Yotter

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson returned to the sidelines of training camp Tuesday after an allergic reaction sent him to the hospital Monday afternoon. He talked about the experience a day after it happened and said he wants to continue eating seafood.

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was back on the sidelines for training camp Tuesday after an allergic reaction to seafood he ate for lunch Monday at the team dormitory landed him in the hospital.

Peterson talked with head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman and head coach Leslie Frazier before leaving the field with Sugarman Tuesday morning and heading to the weight room. By the afternoon practice, there were no signs of Monday’s medical emergency. Peterson was back to showing off his rehabilitation routine with a taxing workout that included aerobic, left and endurance elements for about 30 minutes.

Peterson was taken to the hospital by ambulance Monday afternoon after experiencing shortness of breath and swelling in the face that caused Vikings personnel to call 911. He was back with the team resting in the dorms by the time the Vikings concluded their Monday afternoon practice shortly after 5 p.m. Central, according to Frazier, who called it a “scary moment.”

“It was like 20 minutes after I ate. I went to lay down and I felt my throat itching and my ears itching and all of a sudden my face swelled up, my eyes swelled up,” Peterson said. “I couldn’t breathe out of my nose and I finally made a phone call to (Sugarman), and he must have heard it in my voice because he came with a doc and everything I needed. I gave him a second call after I was having trouble breathing through my throat and those guys were coming off the elevator. Those guys did a good job.”

Peterson said Sugarman stuck him with an EpiPen and said the situation couldn’t have been handled better.

“It was pretty scary, but I didn’t panic,” Peterson said.

Peterson said he eats jambalaya all the time and has never had a problem. He saw shrimp and crab meat in Monday’s meal and didn’t think anything of it.

“I just know some people go their whole life eating seafood, and once they end up a certain age they find they are allergic to it,” he said. “I hope that is not the case. I want to continue to eat seafood. But I will have to wait and get some blood work done.”

Peterson isn't practicing yet because he has been on the physically unable to perform list since the Vikings started training camp last Friday. He is working his way back after having ACL and MCL surgery last December.

“Life is full of ups and downs. It’s all about how you bounce back from it,” he said when asked about his abnormal offseason.

In his five seasons with the Vikings, Peterson has rushed for 6,752 yards and 64 touchdowns and caught 137 passes for 1,309 yards and three touchdowns. His 67 touchdowns since 2007 is tops among NFL players and he is less than 100 yards away from becoming the Vikings’ all-time leading rusher.

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