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Updated: June 8th, 2010 6:48pm
Adrian Peterson apparently will miss chunk of mandatory minicamp

Adrian Peterson apparently will miss chunk of mandatory minicamp

by Tom Pelissero
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We noted on Monday that Pro Bowl running back Adrian Peterson had rejoined his Minnesota Vikings teammates at Winter Park.

Apparently, he might not be around long.

According to this story, the fourth annual Adrian Peterson Day in his hometown of Palestine, Texas, is set for Saturday -- right in the middle of the Vikings' three-day, mandatory minicamp, which kicks off on Friday. Two practices are set for Saturday, one each on Friday and Sunday.

Festivities begin with a parade on Saturday morning. So, unless Peterson skips the event -- which is organized by his aunt, Carol Pegues, and designed to let local youth athletes spend "all day" with the Vikings' star -- it's likely he'll miss at least half, if not all of the Vikings' only mandatory offseason practice block.

Coach Brad Childress said recently he wasn't concerned Peterson was working out in Houston, rather than joining his teammates for voluntary organized team activity practices.

It stands to reason Childress' attitude will be a little different regarding the team's final practices before training camp begins in late July. But it's also likely the team has been aware of the conflict for some time -- and perhaps have agreed to let their star have his day in the sun if he spends the other two with his teammates.

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