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Updated: January 31st, 2014 11:39am
Peterson says he can work out, still resting lower body after surgery

Peterson says he can work out, still resting lower body after surgery

by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com
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1/31/2014
Adrian Peterson says groin surgery won't interfere with offseason work
Adrian Peterson joins Mike & Mike in New York before the Super Bowl. Peterson talks about the effects of his groin surgery, his excitement to work with Mike Zimmer and Norv Turner, and how tough it is to play against the Seahawks defense.
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Vikings running back Adrian Peterson had groin surgery last Thursday and in an update Friday morning he said things are going well. Peterson appeared Friday morning on the ESPN radio morning show, Mike & Mike.

"I'm feeling good. I had surgery Thursday on my groin. I'm getting around pretty good now. It's a 4- to 6-week recovery time and things are moving along well," Peterson said in the radio interview.

The Super Bowl hasn't yet passed, but Peterson said he would be back to working out if not for the surgery.

"I would probably be back working, not too much. It's not going to interfere," Peterson said. "I'm still able to do some of the upper body exercises and things like that, but kind of laying off the lower body workouts."

Peterson also addressed trade speculation, with Vikings general manager Rick Spielman saying recently that he does not intend to trade Peterson. NFL players picked Peterson as the player they'd most like to see in a Super Bowl. Would he need to move to make that happen?

"When it comes down to it, it's a business, first and foremost," Peterson said in the interview. "It really feels good to hear my peers pick me as the player they'd like to see go to a Super Bowl. It shows that they recognize the passion I play with and the determination I play with as well.

"I'm just sitting back and I'm hoping we can bring in the pieces to try to accomplish that."

Any time a new coach comes to town, players line up to publicly support him. And Peterson fell in line when asked about new head coach Mike Zimmer during the interview.

"I'm just looking forward to heading in the right direction. I feel like the organization did a great job of bringing in Zimmer and offensive coordinator Norv Turner," Peterson said. "I feel like we're putting the pieces in the right place so I'm just excited to see who all we bring in for other positions [coaches] and to see which direction as far as bringing in players to help us accomplish our goal of winning a championship."

Comeback Player of the Year

Peterson will present this year's NFL Comeback Player of the Year award. He said the finalists are Knowshon Moreno, Phillip Rivers and Darrelle Revis.

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
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