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Vikings' Adrian Peterson practicing this week despite groin surgery in January

By on 4/30/2014 05:15:00 PM

The Minnesota Vikings are one of seven teams in the NFL that opened pre-draft minicamp this week with a brand new coaching staff.  Starting running back Adrian Peterson reported for the voluntary minicamp on day one, and quickly introduced himself to new head coach Mike Zimmer.  After undergoing surgery on his groin this past January, Peterson is healed and ready to go according to's Andrew Krammer.

Peterson went through a workout on Tuesday and is expected to continue as normal.  Zimmer spoke on how well the star running back was doing:
Adrian [Peterson] is doing fantastic, he practiced yesterday. He's been here, been in good spirits and the rest of the guys are doing well.
Good news for sure for Vikings fans, as they have seen their favorite running back for the past seven years go through some tough times.  Last year Peterson struggled with hamstring issues when the season began and then moved to foot and groin injuries later in 2013.  Despite his pains all year, Peterson rushed for 1,266 yards for 10 touchdowns in 14 games.

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Peterson tore his anterior cruciate ligament in 2011, bounced back and had an MVP-winning season in 2012.  Many athletes experience more injuries down the road that are associated with an ACL tear, as the case with Peterson's groin.  He elected to have groin surgery on January 23rd of this year.

Surgery is not new to Peterson during the NFL off-season. Last year before training camp began, he underwent a sports hernia surgery following his 2,097 yard MVP-winning 2012 year.  The prior off-season he was healing from the ACL tear.

Despite constant surgeries and injuries, the 29 year-old seemingly bulletproof Peterson has played in 103 out of 112 games in his seven years with the Vikings. He has amassed a career 10,115 rushing yards with 86 touchdowns in seven seasons with Minnesota.

Just a few days ago, legendary running back Jim Brown said that Peterson could break the all-time rushing record soon if he stays healthy. The current record holder is former Dallays Cowboys great Emmitt Smith, who posted 18,355 yards during his 15-year career before retiring at the age of 35.

Peterson would need 8,241 yards to break Smith's record.  At 29 years old and seven years in the league, he is on pace to shatter Smith's record by 222 yards if he is lucky enough to last until he is 35 years old.  Peterson averages 1,445 yards per season at this moment, meaning he would need six (5.7) more seasons to hit 8,241 yards.

With the news about Peterson showing up on day one of voluntary workouts looking "fantastic", the quiet seven-year Vikings veteran has already raised the hopes of his new coach. Like always, Peterson is doing what he does this time of year without hesitation, just going back to work.

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