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Vikings expect Peterson to be ready for minicamp

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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson’s recovery is progressing well.

Coach Mike Zimmer said Peterson is “doing great” in his rehab from the operation and that he should be “great to go” for the team’s first minicamp, according to Pro Football Talk.

Zimmer added that he isn’t concerned about the wear and tear on Peterson who has undergone three surgeries in the last three years. Peterson has 2,033 carries over his first seven NFL seasons.

According to the Star Tribune, Zimmer said Peterson isn’t an “average 28- or 29-year-old back, this guy is special.”

Peterson has rushed for 10,115 yards over those seven years. His numbers were off from his record pace two seasons ago when he nearly broke the NFL’s rushing record.

Only a few days removed from surgery, Peterson told reporters he was feeling great. At that time, Peterson said it was about a 4-6 week recovery period.

In 2013, Peterson finished rushing for 1,266 yards in 2013, fifth in the NFL. There is no doubt he’ll be a major part of the team’s offense. Pro Football Talk reports that new Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner may try to utilize Peterson as a receiver more and get him in space.

That is something that could prove to benefit whoever the team starts at quarterback next season.

The Vikings haven’t set a date for the team’s minicamp yet, but it is expected to be in late April.

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