Adrian Peterson not backtracking, but downplaying goal of 2,500 yards
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MANKATO, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson isn't backtracking on his goal of 2,500 yards in the 2013 season, but he is downplaying it.
A season after rushing for 2,097 yards, and coming off a potentially career-ending ACL injury, Peterson claimed he would shatter the all-time rushing record held by Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson -- the one Peterson fell nine yards short of.
After the first walkthrough of training camp on Friday, Peterson said he has a more important goal.
"That's not my main focus," Peterson said. "My main focus is being a champion. 2,500 is a goal of mine, something I want to accomplish, if it happens, it happens, if not, it doesn't. I just want to win."
Peterson did not play in the preseason last year as he rehabbed his ACL, leading many to believe the Vikings will take the same approach with him this year.
If it's not broke, don't fix it.
"I don't know if I'll play [in the preseason]," Peterson said. "I don't really care if I do. It worked out pretty good last year."
Coach Leslie Frazier said Friday that Peterson's miraculous post-ACL performance is not something to ignore in how it came together.
"We'll definitely look at what we did a summer ago," Frazier said. "But the circumstances are so different. But we don't have to have a lot of work for Adrian Peterson in games, it's not like we're not sure how he's going to respond."
Peterson might not care, but Frazier said the reigning NFL MVP will see action in preseason games.
"It's a different approach," Frazier said. "He'll get some work in the preseason, won't be like last year where he didn't get any work."