Allergic reaction sends Peterson to hospital

MANKATO, Minn. — Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was rushed to a hospital Monday afternoon after suffering an allergic reaction to seafood during lunch at training camp.

Peterson was eating with his teammates at Minnesota’s dorm when he had suffered shortness of breath and facial swelling, coach Leslie Frazier said. An ambulance was called to the Gage Tower dorms at Minnesota State University and took Peterson to a nearby hospital.

“We had to rush him to the hospital and they diagnosed it,” Frazier said. “He’s back now in the dorm resting. He’s doing fine. He’ll pick back up with his rehab tomorrow. He’s been cleared. Everything’s back to normal now. A little bit of a scare, but he’s fine.”

Frazier said he didn’t know if anyone was aware Peterson had food-related allergies or if the player knew seafood would cause such a reaction.

“Not certain of that,” Frazier said. “Know he had mentioned there was a time earlier in his life where he had an allergic reaction to something, maybe not quite as severe as this. So I’m not sure if he knew when he was eating that food that it would create this. But it did — I don’t think he would have eaten it if he would have known.”

Peterson, who is rehabilitating from left knee surgery in December, was cleared to resume his workouts Tuesday, but Frazier wasn’t sure if the running back would join the team on the practice field or maybe do some work in the pool.

Peterson is on the active/physically unable to perform list seven months after undergoing knee surgery to repair the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee stemming from a hit in a December game at Washington.

Peterson, who watched the morning walk-through, was the only player not at the afternoon portion as the Vikings went through their first full practice in pads.

Harvin jams finger, others missing: Wide receiver Percy Harvin jammed a finger during Monday’s afternoon practice but later returned, Frazier said.

Harvin, the team’s leading receiver in 2011, was missing for several plays while the Vikings conducted 11-on-11 red-zone drills. He returned later in his usual spot with the first-team offense.

Backup tackle DeMarcus Love has an injured shoulder that will cause him to miss at least a week of practice.

“It’s going to take about another week or two before we get him back on the field,” Frazier said. “He’ll be out for a little while.”

Frazier also said rookie safety Robert Blanton “tweaked” a hamstring. Rookie cornerback Josh Robinson was still out of practice with a hamstring injury. Receiver Stephen Burton (toe) and Mickey Shuler (heel) returned to practice but were limited and didn’t wear shoulder pads on for the afternoon padded practice.

Blair inducted into Ring of Honor: Former Vikings linebacker Matt Blair will be inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor at the Metrodome during the Oct. 25 game against the Tampa Bay Buccanneers, the team announced.

Blair, a second-round pick by the team in 1974, still ranks second in team history with 1,452 career tackles. He played in 160 games for Minnesota, behind only Scott Studwell and Roy Winston among Vikings linebackers. He also holds the Vikings record with 20 blocked kicks, and his 23 sacks and 16 interceptions are the most for a linebacker in team history.

Blair, the 20th inductee into the Ring of Honor, was a part of two Super Bowl teams for Minnesota and was elected to the Pro Bowl six times.

Blair was in Mankato, site of the Vikings’ training camp Monday and was surprised with the honor.

“I came down and they said that this morning and I was very emotional, very touched by it,” Blair said. “It is an honor to be a part of the other 19 guys, I think I’m number 20, so it’s good to be on that team.”

Pads are on, and so is the heat: On the third day of camp, the Vikings had their first practice in pads on Monday afternoon with heat indexes in the mid-to-high 90s.

Following the protocol of the collective bargaining agreement, Minnesota is allowed one practice per day with pads. Breaking from the camp schedule last season, Frazier decided to make the padded practice in the afternoon this year, saying temperature as one of the reasons for the switch.

He got his wish on Monday with the warm temperature.

“Well it’s going to be warm for sure,” Frazier said. “We’ll have to make sure we’re hydrated. We’ve done a good job we think with our trainers, our coaches and our players with hydrating, and we’ll be monitoring that for sure.”

Frazier said finally getting into pads is an important step for the development of his team.

“It really starts in earnest when you put the pads on,” Frazier said. “It really begins to separate certain players from others and we’re all looking forward to it.”

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