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Updated: August 7th, 2010 7:59pm
Adrian Peterson: 'I'm feeling good, and I'll be ready to roll Monday'

Adrian Peterson: 'I'm feeling good, and I'll be ready to roll Monday'

by Tom Pelissero
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MANKATO, Minn. -- Adrian Peterson appeared to have a spring in his step on Saturday night, and why not?

It had been a full week since the Minnesota Vikings' All-Pro running back tweaked his left hamstring, which finally felt good enough for Peterson to return to extensive action in competitive drills.

"It was the second practice," Peterson said, speaking about the nature of the injury and how it happened for the first time.

"I basically hit the corner with a nice little sprint, and then I made an abrupt stop. If you know anything about running, that's something you just don't do as a runner.

"I made that one mistake, and it backfired on me. But I'm feeling good, and I'll be ready to roll Monday."

Peterson missed most or all of 10 full-squad practices after sustaining the injury on July 31. Coach Brad Childress had described it vaguely as "tightness," but it became obvious from the types of extra stretching Peterson was doing that the hamstring was the issue.

The Vikings are off on Sunday, giving Peterson's hamstring an extra day of rest after Saturday's extended workload. Prior to Saturday, Peterson had touched the ball only nine times in team (11-on-11) drills in eight days of camp.

"Is it tough?" Peterson said, repeating a reporter's question about the lost reps. 

"Well, it's nothing like getting reps out there and being out there and actually going through the motion of making the cuts and different things like that. But I'll be out (on the field) Monday. I'm always full speed, so it really don't take me too long to get into my rhythm."

The one thing Peterson didn't do on Saturday was participate in "live" tackling drills. Coaches may hold him back in that regard until at least the preseason opener next Saturday at St. Louis.

Albert Young had been taking most of the No. 1 reps in Peterson's absence, with rookie Toby Gerhart rotating in.

"(Young) looked good," Peterson said. "All the young guys are looking good. Those guys are getting some opportunities to get some reps in there, and they're taking advantage of it."

Quick hits

• TE Visanthe Shiancoe sat out Saturday's night practice for unknown reasons. He was spotted walking with a trainer after practice, but no update was given on his status.

• RG Anthony Herrera sat out the night practice after dropping out in the morning with what coach Brad Childress believed were back spasms.

Asher Allen worked extensively ahead of Lito Sheppard at right cornerback with the starting defense, and rookie Chris Cook rotated in some for Antoine Winfield on the left side. QBs Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels both seemed to be targeting Sheppard during the red-zone period.

• The night practice ended on a fingertip catch by WR Bernard Berrian on a pass from Jackson, who finished 7-for-14 passing in team drills. Rosenfels was 7-for-13 and rookie Joe Webb 0-for-1.

• Peterson, on whether he's texted QB Brett Favre: "I'm sure he's got a lot of people texting him, so I'm letting him relax right now."

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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