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Updated: August 3rd, 2010 6:26pm
Notebook: Adrian Peterson remains limited, but says leg will be OK

Notebook: Adrian Peterson remains limited, but says leg will be OK

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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MANKATO, Minn. -- Already without their quarterback and their top two receivers, the Minnesota Vikings have spent the majority of training camp without their Pro Bowl running back as well.

Adrian Peterson has practiced sparingly since experiencing tightness in his left leg during Saturday's practices. But Peterson expressed no concerns about the injury lingering with the regular-season opener little more than a month away.

"A few days, I'll be OK," Peterson said after Tuesday's afternoon practice, in which he once again was highly limited.

"No one knows my body better than me (except) God. I know my body. The coaches, the training staff, Eric Sugarman, those guys are working with me."

Albert Young has gotten the most work in Peterson's absence, with rookie second-round draft pick Toby Gerhart also rotating in.

Peterson's not the only veteran who has taken a lot of time off during team drills as the Vikings have progressed to their two-a-day schedule and the heat has approached a humid 90 degrees each day.

Peterson, left guard Steve Hutchinson, cornerback Antoine Winfield and defensive tackle Pat Williams all have seen limited reps of late, and left tackle Bryant McKinnie left Tuesday's afternoon session with apparent heat-related issues.

Pad 'em up

The Vikings wore full pads for the first time in Tuesday's morning session, which featured some live tackling.

Most compelling was a series of goal-line plays, in which the defense won six of nine reps.

Gerhart scored the only touchdown in the offense's three chances, escaping a couple of swings at his ankles on a run behind right tackle. Safety Husain Abdullah stuffed Gerhart on another run, and Jackson had to throw away his only pass attempt because Ben Leber had blanket coverage on fullback Naufahu Tahi.

In the second-team sequence, Ian Johnson got stuffed twice and linebacker Kenny Onatolu batted down an underthrown, play-action lob from Sage Rosenfels to tight end Visanthe Shiancoe, who was covered.

Rookie quarterback Joe Webb fumbled the first snap with the third string, and Ryan Moats scored twice on running plays.

"I thought Toby Gerhart showed up and I saw Darius Reynaud among others do some good things down there," coach Brad Childress said. "Had a couple missed assignments and some good plays on defense with guys taking a run through, and that's what you have to do to play good defense."

All three units also got a move-the-ball series, and the results weren't pretty. The starting offense overcame a false start to record the only first down. Rosenfels and Webb failed to complete a pass, each took a sack, and practice ended when a Webb pass went through receiver Marquis Hamilton's hands and was intercepted by rookie cornerback Chris Cook.

The afternoon practice also ended on an interception, with cornerback Lito Sheppard hanging deep with Logan Payne and making a good adjustment for an over-the-shoulder catch.

In team (11-on-11) drills, Jackson was 11-for-15 passing, Rosenfels 7-for-12 and Webb 3-for-7.

Health watch

As expected, center John Sullivan (calf) returned to practice in the morning and was a full participant in team drills in the afternoon.

Linebacker E.J. Henderson (leg) remains on a one-a-day practice schedule and sat out the afternoon session.

Receiver Sidney Rice (hip/PUP), cornerback Cedric Griffin (knee/PUP), cornerback Benny Sapp (heat) and Percy Harvin (left team, death in family) did not participate.

Quick hits

• No surprise, the day's biggest hit was laid on Gerhart, who got drilled twice in a practice on Saturday, too. This time, linebacker Jasper Brinkley lit him up on a carry around right end. Brinkley also put a lick on rookie receiver Ray Small.

• Signed as a kickoff specialist, Rhys Lloyd got his first crack at a series of field goals and went 6-for-6 between 25 and 50 yards.

Tyrell Johnson and Jamarca Sanford once again split time at strong safety with the starters -- Johnson in the morning practice and Sanford in the afternoon.

• The Bodog Sportsbook offered several new quarterback-related odds after news broke early Tuesday that QB Brett Favre had told the Vikings he planned to retire. Among them: Favre playing next season (7-to-2); whether Favre will cry if he holds a press conference by Aug. 5 (yes and no both at -115); over/under on Tarvaris Jackson's 2010 passing yardage (2,500); over/under on Jackson's 2010 touchdown passes (13½); and Sage Rosenfels' 2010 regular-season starts (1).

• The Vikings have two practices scheduled again Wednesday at 9 a.m. and 2:10 p.m., although the afternoon session is for special teams only.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 1500ESPN.com. 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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