Will Peterson answer fumbling questions?

Adrian Peterson hasn't been available to the Vikings media since the NFC Championship Game, and he might not be available this weekend either. An event in his hometown might keep him away from the mandatory minicamp.

Many fans were wondering why, during a recent interview with Adrian Peterson, NFL Network's Solomon Wilcots didn't ask any questions about A.D.'s fumbling problems. It has been a hot-button topic – one that only got stronger considering Peterson's fumbling issues during the NFC Championship Game. Even though the background on the story included film footage of the Vikings using a 14-pound football (the footballl equivalent to a medicine ball), no questions were directly asked of Peterson about his feelings about it or what is planned to rectify his fumbling problem.

But, as we theorized, he would likely have to answer most of those questions this weekend at the Vikings minicamp … or will he?

Peterson may not be at any of the three days of the team's minicamp. He will be in his hometown of Palestine, Texas, Saturday as part of the Fourth Annual Adrian Peterson Day. Peterson was at Winter Park earlier this week, but has yet to take the field for any of the Vikings' full-fledged OTA practices. While almost all of the other players have been involved in the OTAs in some form, Peterson opted to work out on his own in Houston.

There is a chance Peterson will be fined if he misses all or part of the mandatory minicamp, but it is believed that the team was aware of the date for the day honoring him in Palestine.

Peterson is one of three players expected to miss the weekend camp. Brett Favre is still recovering from surgery and Ray Edwards has yet to sign his restricted free-agent tender, which precludes him from taking part in team activities until he signs. NFL teams are under no obligation to let the media know who will or won't take part in minicamp practices.

The first minicamp practice is set for late afternoon Friday, with two practices set for Saturday and one on Sunday. It is unclear whether Peterson will attempt to practice either Friday or Sunday and fly to his hometown for the Saturday event, but, as it stands now, it seems that answers to the questions about Peterson's fumbling issues will remain unanswered for now.


  • The countdown continues for Edwards to sign his tender. If he doesn't sign by June 15, his current offer of $2.51 million can be reduced to 110 percent of his 2009 salary, which would be $1.1 million. It is expected that Edwards will sign his tender after the minicamp. The Vikings can't fine him because, under league rules, until he signs his tender, he isn't technically under contract with the team even though he can't go anywhere in free agency at this point.

  • Former Vikings first-round pick Chris Hovan agreed to a one-year contract with the St. Louis Rams Tuesday.

  • Donald Driver hosted his third annual softball game for his foundation last weekend. He took over hosting the annual event when Favre left the Packers. For a decade prior to that, Favre was the host of the event.

    John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.

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