The Minnesota Vikings have opened up training camp in Mankato this week but there will be one player who gets a lighter load than the rest.
Unsurprisingly, the Vikings aren’t going to be wearing down running back Adrian Peterson too early and part of that means possibly resting him for all four preseason games this August.
According to head coach Mike Zimmer, via NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, there isn’t much that needs to be seen or proven from Peterson in the preseason which means he’ll only get carries if he really wants them.
Mike Zimmer told me he has nothing to see from Adrian Peterson in preseason. If he wants to get a carry or 2, he will. But may just get none
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 28, 2014
This isn’t at all surprising as ever since Michael Vick broke his leg in the preseason so many years ago and derailed the Atlanta Falcon’s season before it even started, there has been a lot more caution about who plays in the preseason and who doesn’t.
Basically,the preseason is conditioning for stars and a chance for everyone else to earn a roster spot. Peterson needs neither of those things and what he really doesn’t need is a blown out knee or even a pulled hamstring for no good reason at all.
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