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Notebook: Adrian Peterson’s potential preseason action is up to him

The decision on whether or not to play Adrian Peterson is mostly up to him.

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.

Head coach Mike Zimmer said he knows what to expect out of the Minnesota Vikings’ star running back and the talks with Peterson about his preseason action haven’t happened yet.

“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.”

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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.

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