Adrian Peterson (Bruce Kluckhohn/USA TODAY)
Adrian Peterson was back on the field for the Vikings’ final minicamp practice after getting some days off in previous weeks. Plus, linebacker Desmond Bishop left Minnesota without a contract (as of Thursday afternoon) and notes on other injuries and happenings at minicamp.
Adrian Peterson was back at work for the Vikings’ final day of minicamp, the last practice session for the team before heading to training camp in late July.
Peterson has been given some days off during the organized team activities and minicamp, but he said it doesn’t have anything do with the sports hernia surgery he had in February.
“It was just some rest. You think about last year, the last five weeks I practiced maybe two or three times. So, just rest,” Peterson said.
“I’m feeling good. I’m feeling strong, feel 100 percent. Be ready to roll when training camp comes around.”
Peterson didn’t practice much in the last month of the 2012 season because that’s when he was playing through the sport hernia.
Peterson also spent the 2012 offseason recovering from surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament and returned in time to have the second-highest rushing total of any running back, coming up just eight yards short of Eric Dickerson’s NFL-record 2,105-yard mark.
This year, he has a little more built-in down time.
“Yes, indeed. More relaxing, but definitely still focused and working hard for the upcoming season,” Peterson said.
This weekend will be spent having barbeque with family and friends in Texas, specially catered from Dallas, and enjoying Adrian Peterson Day Saturday, in which the 2012 NFL MVP will be honored with a parade in his hometown of Palestine, Texas.
“I’m going to celebrate it that way, kind of relaxing and just having a good time with the people I grew up with,” Peterson said.
Peterson also purchased a new home in Houston and is looking forward to spending some time there, as well.
Still, that doesn’t mean the well-known type-A personality is getting soft.
“Nah, nah, nah, I’m going to crank it up actually. Crank it up and really bust my tail and be ready for training camp,” he said.
“My version of taking it easy? Just sitting around the house relaxing, watching TV,” he said, and then was asked if he watches more than five minutes of TV at a time. “Maybe a little longer than that. But you know I find my time to kind of unwind and relax at times. But to be great, you got to put in a lot of work and I know that, that’s why I work as hard as I do.”
Despite the sport hernia surgery, the Vikings fully expect Peterson and all of their other injured players who received practices off to be ready for the start of training camp.
“A healthy Adrian Peterson makes us all smile,” Frazier said.
“We kind of know what he's capable of doing. He knows the offense so every now and then we're going to pick our spots and let the other guys handle it. We'll do that from time to time.
NO DEAL YET FOR BISHOP
Linebacker Desmond Bishop left his visit and workout with the Minnesota Vikings without a contract in place. Although the Vikings were impressed with his workout yesterday, Bishop reportedly has a workout with the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday. A contract could be finalized with one of those two teams after that visit.
Kicker Blair Walsh continued a strong minicamp with a kicking session in which his missed only one field goal attempt, from about 40 yards out, wide right.
Safety Andrew Sendejo had an interception of a Matt Cassel pass intended for TE John Carlson during a goal-line work.
The Vikings placed a small camera on the side of Joe Webb’s helmet for Thursday’s practice.
LB Marvin Mitchell had a touch sack of Christian Ponder in the rare first-team versus first-team session, blowing through the line untouched and ending the play.
CBs Chris Cook, A.J. Jefferson and Bobby Felder all knocked away passes during a short goal-line session.
What if Peterson, the NFL MVP in 2012, isn’t named the No. 1 overall player on NFL Network’s Top 100 Players of 2013? “A travesty, it would be an absolute travesty. I think Adrian has to be on the top,” Jared Allen told NFL Network.
Those not participating in the team’s final minicamp session: CB Jacob Lacey (thumb), CB Greg McCoy (hamstring), S Mistral Raymond (hamstring), Rhett Ellison (calf), LB Chad Greenway (knee), LB Nathan Williams (ankle), C John Sullivan (knee), DE Jared Allen (shoulder/knee) and WR Greg Childs (knees).
The Vikings hosted St. John’s (Collegeville, Minn.) coach John Gagliardi, the winningest coach in NCAA history, during Thursday’s practice. Frazier called him a “friend of the Minnesota Vikings.”
The Vikings are expected to have a training camp schedule very similar to the one they normally employ. They are already scheduled to report to Minnesota State-Mankato on July 25 with the first practice on July 26. Walk-through sessions will be in the morning with full practices in the afternoon.
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