Adrian Peterson Unlikely to Play in Remainder of Preseason; Says He's Ready for Season Opener

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said former Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson is unlikely to play in the preseason. Peterson, Minnesota's three-time All-Pro back, hasn't taken a carry in the preseason the past two years and Zimmer is keeping the tradition alive in his first year with the Vikings.

"I doubt it," Zimmer said Tuesday. "Adrian and I have talked about it a little bit. I don't really see the need. We're grabbing at the ball pretty good with him. We're not tackling or anything. He's doing a great job of the protections and the routes and all that, and obviously he runs really good.

"The only concern you have is that he might not have been hit enough but our guys are grabbing at the ball a lot, punching at the ball when he's running through there, and I talk to him about those things."
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Peterson has been a full participant in the offseason program under Zimmer though and said Tuesday he's ready for the start of the season.

"Yeah, I'm wired up," Peterson said. "I try not to get too wired up. I have to stay calm and get ready for the opener in St. Louis. But yeah man, I'm ready to go. Each and every year for eight years now I've been ready to roll." (FOXSports)

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