After having the first four days of training camp without Adrian Peterson practicing in full, the Minnesota Vikings’ star running back is expected back on Wednesday.
“I think he’ll be able to practice today,” head coach Mike Zimmer said after Peterson took reps during the full-team portion of the Wednesday morning walk-through.
The Vikings are expected to be in full pads on Wednesday afternoon, marking the first time Peterson has participated at that level of practice since he reported to training camp with a “tweaked” hamstring. He suffered that injury working out about a week before the Vikings reported to training camp.
Up until Wednesday, Peterson had been taking some handoffs with the first-team offense, but not when they were going against the defense.
Peterson hasn’t had a carry in the preseason since Zimmer took over as head coach. Last year in training camp Zimmer said he doubted Peterson would take any preseason reps, but so far he isn’t announcing Peterson’s preseason status.
“We’ve talked about it a little bit,” Zimmer said. “We’ll see.”
Backup running back Jerick McKinnon left Monday’s practice with a towel over his head, but Zimmer said then he would “alright” and “just got twisted.” However, McKinnon isn’t expected to practice Wednesday afternoon, Zimmer said on Wednesday.
“My expectations are that Jerick is going to help us a lot offensively as a change-up back, in the passing game. I think there will be a lot of combinations for him in third downs,” Zimmer said. “So we want to be able to use Jerick a lot. I’m hopeful that he has a very good year.”
Starting fullback Zach Line also didn’t participate in the morning walk-through as he had a wrap on his left knee.