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Updated: May 28th, 2013 2:01pm
Jared Allen the only player absent as Vikings open OTA practices

Jared Allen the only player absent as Vikings open OTA practices

by Tom Pelissero
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Attendance was strong again as the Minnesota Vikings opened organized team activity practices on Tuesday.

The lone absent player was veteran end Jared Allen, who is coming off shoulder and knee surgeries, had a family obligation and rarely shows for OTAs anyway.

Reigning MVP Adrian Peterson was present. So was veteran defensive tackle Kevin Williams, who accepted a restructure of his contract last month.

All OTAs are voluntary, but attendance has been strong the past two years under coach Leslie Frazier. (The NFL lockout wiped out the offseason program in 2011).

Reporters weren't allowed to watch Tuesday's session. They'll be permitted inside the Winter Park fieldhouse for Wednesday's practice, the second of 10 sessions before the mandatory minicamp June 18 to 20.

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