Adrian Peterson should be ready for minicamp after groin surgery
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Minnesota Vikings first-year head coach Mike Zimmer expects running back Adrian Peterson to be ready for the team's pre-draft minicamps in late April following his offseason groin surgery.
Peterson, 28, missed two of the last three games after spraining his foot in a Dec. 8 loss at the Baltimore Ravens. Peterson played through hamstring, groin and foot ailments and finished with 1,266 yards in 14 games -- the fifth-most in the NFL.
Peterson underwent groin surgery last month and sat out of the Pro Bowl despite his sixth selection in his seven-year career.
"This guy isn't an average 28- or 29-year old back," Zimmer said via Ben Goessling of ESPN.com. "This guy is special, and some of the things, when we were fixing to play him [last December in Cincinnati], some of the things that I thought, I watched him and I was like, 'Wow, if we're not really good in the way we line up and contain and be in the right positions, we're going to have a hard, hard day.' He could have been 20 months old for all I care."
Peterson turns 29 in March and has shouldered 627 carries in the past two seasons.
"[Peterson] is doing great," Zimmer said. "I got a report from [head athletic trainer] Eric [Sugarman] yesterday, and he said he's doing great. Better than they expected and should be great to go."
Peterson baffled most NFL scribes, medics and fans when he returned from reconstructive knee surgery to run for 2,097 yards in 2012. Peterson had surgery to repair a sports hernia before last season and struggled to stay healthy throughout a tumultuous 2013 campaign for the Vikings.