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Adrian Peterson misses practice, blames illness on shrimp allergy

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Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was one of five players who didn't practice with the team Wednesday.

According to ESPN's Ben Goessling, Peterson is dealing with a few nagging injuries to his hip, finger and ankle.

Peterson along with wide receiver Jarius Wright, linebacker Audie Cole and defensive linemen Sharrif Floyd and Justin Trattou all sat out of practice.

It was the shrimp!

The injuries didn't stop Peterson from talking to the Chicago media Wednesday.

Peterson was sticking with his story from earlier in the week that a food allergy to shrimp is what caused him to feel ill – not swallowing chewing tobacco as FOX reported on Sunday.

"[The Vikings] had to report [Peterson's illness] and Coach Turner made a joke, and it just took off, about the dip," Peterson said in a conference call with the Chicago media Wednesday.

According to the Pioneer Press, Peterson was hospitalized by a shellfish allergy briefly during training camp in 2012. He told reporters he has been able to get away with eating shrimp.

"People would be like, 'Why do you eat shrimp when you're allergic to it?," Peterson said. "Well here's the thing: I've eaten shrimp my entire life. ... You know, when you get the tests done, you have, for instance, scallops, lobster, shrimp and let's say, peanuts that they're testing you for. You might swell up more when there's lobster. You might have a bigger allergic reaction to lobster than you do shrimp.

Shrimp might just (swell you) up a little bit. Shrimp is like a little reaction. Lobster and especially scallops, that's when I really swell up. So I can kind of get away with it, eating shrimp."

Even after the food allergy, Peterson ran for 98 yards on 19 carries against the Lions. But ESPN says don't expect to see him in any Chicago seafood restaurants this weekend before Sunday's Vikings-Bears game.

"Yeah, I'll have to be a little more cautious of what I eat."

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