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Vikings Playing it Safe with Peterson

MANKATO, Minn. — Fans may have noticed that Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has had a light workload through the first two days of training camp.

Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer said after Saturday's practice that Peterson recently tweaked his hamstring.

"The week before (camp), he was working out (and) pulled his hammy a little bit," Zimmer said. "He can do things, he just can't turn it all the way loose. We're just being careful with him."

Peterson earned his third career rushing title in 2015 after running for 1,485 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Third-year running back Jerick McKinnon has gotten most of the first-team reps in Peterson's absence while fellow running backs Matt Asiata, C.J. Ham and Jhurell Pressley have also seen action.

McKinnon said after Saturday's practice that Peterson is staying absorbed in the offense despite not participating in team drills.

"He's very involved," McKinnon said. "If you look at him, he's right there with us. He's talking to the younger guys, talking to myself, Matt, the O-line. He's a leader on the team. It's not like he's away from the team – he's right there, in there with us."

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