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Updated: February 21st, 2013 1:00pm
Adrian Peterson 'pretty good right now,' should be ready for OTAs

Adrian Peterson 'pretty good right now,' should be ready for OTAs

by Tom Pelissero
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Adrian Peterson played through the pain of a sports hernia for the second half of his MVP campaign.

It's no surprise the Minnesota Vikings' star halfback recovered quickly from surgery to repair the injury, too.

General manager Rick Spielman said on Thursday at the NFL scouting combine Peterson will be able to participate when the Vikings begin offseason workouts in late April.

"He'll be ready," Spielman said. "He's pretty good right now. You think Adrian wouldn't be good yet?"

Peterson suffered the sports hernia in the Vikings' win over Detroit on Nov. 11. He nonetheless played the next seven weeks, running for 1,068 yards in those games to solidify his MVP resume.

Dr. William Meyers performed Peterson's surgery on Feb. 7 in Philadelphia. The Vikings said then the recovery would be about three to four weeks "with no-long term concerns."

Center John Sullivan had microfracture surgery on his left knee on Jan. 31 and still has several months of rehabilitation ahead.

Spielman said everyone else should be available when organized team activity practices begin except right end Jared Allen, who had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder on Jan. 31 and usually skips OTAs anyway.

"He'll be fine," Spielman said. "He had a great result, and he'll be ready to go when we need him."

The status of receiver Greg Childs, who missed his rookie season after suffering a bilateral patellar tendon tear in training camp, remains fluid.

"We'll see how he's progressing," Spielman said. "He's working extremely hard. It's like a month-to-month thing, where he's coming. That will be yet to be determined."

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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