Adrian Peterson can essentially call his own shot on whether or not he plays in the preseason, but if he does it won’t be for long.
“Adrian and I have to talk about it yet, but I haven’t talk about it lately,” Zimmer said after Monday’s practice.
“I’m going to sit down and talk to him about it and if he wants to play then we’ll discuss what we think. If he goes in there, he’s probably not going to get one pass and out – so he’s going to play.”
If Peterson were to play in the preseason, it would likely be the Vikings’ third preseason game, but without the conversation between and Peterson happening yet, discussing a timetable is getting ahead of the process.
If Peterson were to play in the third preseason game, it would come at the Vikings’ first game at U.S. Bank Stadium, but Zimmer said “I’m not too concerned about that.”
The decision sounds like it is in Peterson’s court because Zimmer knows what the Pro Bowl running back can do already.
“I see him on the highlight films every week,” Zimmer said.
- The Vikings have one more practice day on Tuesday before leaving Wednesday for Seattle for a Thursday night game to take on the team that knocked them out of the playoffs.
- The Vikings continued to have numerous players sit out of practice, with only LB Emmanuel Lamur returning from the group of players that didn’t participate on Sunday.
- Andre Smith was back with the starting offensive line after T.J. Clemmings got the reps there on Sunday.
- Michael Griffin and Andrew Sendejo shared first-team reps at safety next to Harrison Smith.
- Rookie S Jayron Kearse came down with an interception of Joel Stave when Kearse undercut a route by TE MyCole Pruitt. Kearse threw the ball in the air in celebration after he went out of bounds, but DE Everson Griffen had some words of advice for him: “Act like you’ve been there before.”
- WR Moritz Böhringer caught a pass from Stave after it had been deflected by CB Marcus Sherels, WR Marken Michel and LB Kentrell Brothers.
- CB Trae Waynes continued to get some first-team reps, splitting them with veteran Terence Newman.