Peterson went through his first full-pads workout of training camp on Wednesday after tweaking his hamstring during a workout about a week before training camp started.
“I went out today and I felt pretty good, opened up some. I’ll continue to approach it that way until I feel I can open it up all the way,” he said after Wednesday’s warm practice. “Obviously I’m not playing in the first preseason game so we’ll see what happens.”
Peterson doesn’t usually play in preseason games, but head coach Mike Zimmer said the decision-makers in that process would discuss the possibility of him playing in a preseason game this year.
For now, the first order of business is getting his hamstring fully healed before pushing it further.
“It’s really just being smart and not rushing into it,” he said. “… I’m back in action now. Just really being smart.”
He said there was no reason to push the process and make it worse.
But even if Peterson doesn’t play in the first preseason game, he could get some work against that opponent before the game. The Vikings are leaving Mankato and arriving in Cincinnati a few days before they take on the Bengals on Aug. 12. Two days before that game, the Vikings will be engaged in a full-pads practice with the Bengals, along with a practice in shoulder pads the day before the game.
“You go into it and see different defenses and you’re going against different guys,” he said. “They don’t know what you’re doing; it’s not like going against your own defense.”
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While the Vikings have one of the better defenses in the NFL, Peterson has been seeing positive results from a revamped offensive line that added left guard Alex Boone and right tackle Andre Smith in free agency. Both of them are expected to start.
“Just seeing all the pieces at work and in play, the offensive line … just kind of sitting back every day and watching them on the goal line and seeing the attitude, the physical tone and approach, that’s what Coach Zimmer was talking about going into the offseason,” Peterson said. “Just sitting back and being able to see it, it feels good.
- RB Jerick McKinnon and WR Cordarrelle Patterson were the only players on the active roster that didn’t practice at all on Wednesday. They were working out on a side field with athletic trainers.
- DT Kenrick Ellis returned to practice and had a nice pass-rush move early in the session.
- DE Everson Griffen made an athletic play in the end zone during goal-line work. He tipped a Teddy Bridgewater pass and then intercepted it.
- LB Anthony Barr made a sensational interception on a pass that initially went off Matt Asiata’s hands. Barr reacted and tipped the ball after Asiata did, then adjusted to it again to pull it in for an interception.
- WR Stefon Diggs made an impressive one-handed grab for a touchdown with Captain Munnerlyn trailing in coverage.
- Munnerlyn also got into the action for a touch sack of Bridgewater during full-team work.
- CB Terence Newman had perfect coverage on rookie WR Laquon Treadwell during red zone work. With Treadwell going for the corner of the end zone, Newman was in great position to knock the ball away from the first-round draft pick.
- S Anthony Harris dropped a potential interception on a pass thrown by Shaun Hill.
- TE Kyle Rudolph made a great one-handed catch deep down the field, but if that were in a game situation he likely would have been knocked silly by Harrison Smith, who held back from hitting his teammate since college.
- DE Danielle Hunter had a touch sack of Hill.