Peterson has been given some days off during the organized team activities and minicamp, but he said it doesn't have anything do with the sports hernia surgery he had in February.
"It was just some rest. You think about last year, the last five weeks I practiced maybe two or three times. So, just rest," Peterson said.
"I'm feeling good. I'm feeling strong, feel 100 percent. Be ready to roll when training camp comes around."
Peterson didn't practice much in the last month of the 2012 season because that's when he was playing through the sport hernia.
Peterson also spent the 2012 offseason recovering from surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament and returned in time to have the second-highest rushing total of any running back, coming up just eight yards short of Eric Dickerson's NFL-record 2,105-yard mark.
This year, he has a little more built-in down time.
"Yes, indeed. More relaxing, but definitely still focused and working hard for the upcoming season," Peterson said.
This weekend will be spent having barbeque with family and friends in Texas, specially catered from Dallas, and enjoying Adrian Peterson Day Saturday, in which the 2012 NFL MVP will be honored with a parade in his hometown of Palestine, Texas.
"I'm going to celebrate it that way, kind of relaxing and just having a good time with the people I grew up with," Peterson said.
Peterson also purchased a new home in Houston and is looking forward to spending some time there, as well.
Still, that doesn't mean the well-known type-A personality is getting soft.
"Nah, nah, nah, I'm going to crank it up actually. Crank it up and really bust my tail and be ready for training camp," he said.
"My version of taking it easy? Just sitting around the house relaxing, watching TV," he said, and then was asked if he watches more than five minutes of TV at a time. "Maybe a little longer than that. But you know I find my time to kind of unwind and relax at times. But to be great, you got to put in a lot of work and I know that, that's why I work as hard as I do."
Despite the sport hernia surgery, the Vikings fully expect Peterson and all of their other injured players who received practices off to be ready for the start of training camp.
"A healthy Adrian Peterson makes us all smile," Frazier said.
"We kind of know what he's capable of doing. He knows the offense so every now and then we're going to pick our spots and let the other guys handle it. We'll do that from time to time.
NO DEAL YET FOR BISHOP
Linebacker Desmond Bishop left his visit and workout with the Minnesota Vikings without a contract in place. Although the Vikings were impressed with his workout yesterday, Bishop reportedly has a workout with the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday. A contract could be finalized with one of those two teams after that visit.
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