Notebook: A.P. likely only preseason holdout

Adrian Peterson will be relegated to cheerleader and coaching status Friday night, but he may want to see some preseason action with the new offense being installed. Plus, get notes from Tuesday’s practice.

Adrian Peterson joked that he would get 10 to 15 carries Friday night when the Minnesota Vikings open the preseason against the Oakland Raiders.

In reality, he knows better. Peterson hasn’t played in the preseason since he hurt his knee at the end of the 2011 season, and before that he played only sparingly.

Head coach Mike Zimmer said Peterson “probably” won’t play Friday, but also indicated Peterson would likely be the only healthy holdout.

“I’ll be pretty tuned in, just to see those guys play. I love the game,” Peterson said. “I’m the ultimate competitor so I’m going to be in-tune, coaching and cheering those guys.

“It will be exciting to see the young guys out there getting some live situations.”

But with a new offense being installed under coordinator Norv Turner, there could be some value to having Peterson see some action this preseason, even if it isn’t in the opener.

“With the new offense, I might want to get a couple plays in, but that’s something I’ll sit down with Zimmer and we’ll discuss,” he said.

“I’m sure there are a lot of offensive plays and schemes they haven’t put in, but I feel like we have enough to last a lifetime right now.”


  • Safety Robert Blanton (hamstring), tight ends Chase Ford (foot) and AC Leonard (head) and cornerback Josh Robinson (hamstring) were held of Tuesday’s practice.

    Zimmer continues to say that Robinson is getting close to returning to practice, and Blanton’s prognosis has improved.

    “Blanton needs to get back out here. He was doing good early and now he’s got to get back out and show what he can do,” Zimmer said. “And (Jamarca) Sanford was hurt at the beginning, so it’s all about them. They’ve got to prove to me out here what they’re going to do.”

    Blanton and Robinson are both listed as starters on the depth chart released Tuesday, despite missing significant time in training camp.

  • Matt Cassel is listed as the top quarterback on the depth chart and expected to start, but rookie Teddy Bridgewater (No. 2) will play “a good amount,” according to Zimmer, maybe about two quarters.

  • The starters will “probably” play more than one series Friday night.

  • Zimmer had the team drop and do pushups mid-practice. “The period before, a couple guys jumped offsides. So I got tired of it,” he said.

  • With the depth at safety diminished by injuries, the Vikings signed safety Chris Crocker on Monday. He has played in Zimmer’s system for the past seven seasons, so Zimmer and Crocker had kept in contact throughout the offseason.

    “(The signing) has kind of been planned all along, really, to be honest with you,” Zimmer said. “I thought it would be good for him to be around some of the younger guys. We’ve got a pretty young secondary, pretty young defense. He knows the system pretty well. I thought him being in that defensive backs room would help the communication and get these guys to understand exactly what I’m looking for. He’s been with me for a while.”

    Crocker was getting work with the first-team defense Monday and Tuesday, but Zimmer said it’s too early to tell if he has a shot to start alongside Harrison Smith.

  • Christian Ponder is officially listed as the third-string quarterback on the depth chart and struggled during full-team drills Tuesday. During a one session that featured five Ponder passes, three of them were tipped and could have been intercepted by defenders, with Jasper Brinkley, Xavier Rhodes and Chad Greenway all getting their hands on the ball. Eventually, Ponder was intercepted in a session at the end of the practice by Captain Munnerlyn, but in live action Ponder would have been sacked before the pass was thrown.

  • Zimmer on the Vikings using the north sideline at TCF Bank Stadium: “We did a study on the wind. We did a study on the temperatures, just things like that, and which side is a little bit more conducive to the better conditions as opposed to the other side.”

  • Season tickets and single-game tickets are still available. The Vikings have had about an 80 percent renewal on their season tickets to date with about 4,000 new season-ticket holders. The home two preseason games are sellouts to the point they will be broadcast, but tickets still remain.

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