After injury-marred season, AP still working to get back full strength
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Sandwiched between two injury-marred seasons, Adrian Peterson ran for 2,097 yards and claimed the NFL's Most Valuable Player award.
As the Minnesota Vikings ramp up Organized Team Acitivites, Peterson is still working to get back to full strength following his latest series of speed bumps that held him out of two games and parts of others last season.
"I'm well enough to go out and perform," Peterson said. "I don't feel like I'm going to injure myself or hurt myself. I still have some work to do to get my strength back. I'm comfortable when I'm out there practicing."
Peterson had groin surgery in January after playing through most of the season with the injury. He also missed parts or all of the Vikings' last four games, battling foot and hamstring problems as well, while rushing 18 times for 58 yards in that stretch.
Since NFL teams can't wear pads and participate in full contact, the Vikings have put the focus on the passing game during practice. As Peterson finds out his role in Norv Turner's offense, first-year coach Mike Zimmer was impressed with his work thus far.
"He looks good. He's made some tremendous cuts," Zimmer said. "He seems excited to be out here, about some of the things that we are trying to do with him and I think it's only going to continue to get better."
Though Peterson has been held back by injuries for much of 2011 and 2013, he's only missed six contests. He saw just 684 snaps last season, the third-lowest total in his career, and still took 279 handoffs - sixth among all running backs last season.
If Peterson's history tells us anything, he shouldn't need long to get back to full strength.