Mike Zimmer: Vikings RB Adrian Peterson 'probably' won't play in preseason

BY foxsports • June 11, 2015

Minnesota Vikings fans eager to see star running back Adrian Peterson handling the pigskin in a game situation will probably have to wait until the regular season to see him in action. Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press notes that Peterson hasn't had a preseason carry since 2011, and Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said that's unlikely to change in 2015.

"I probably don’t see that, no," Zimmer told the Pioneer Press. "We're talking in June, so you can’t hold me to it, but he’s carried the ball a lot (in his eight-year career) and he’s going to continue to carry the ball a lot. He’ll get plenty of looks and reps in practice."

Peterson claims to be in tip-top shape after missing 15 games last season due to a highly publicized child-abuse incident and subsequent suspension. The All-Pro running back has racked up over 10,000 rushing yards in his career, so he's not going to lose sleep over a few exhibition contests.

"It’s the same as before, nothing new," Peterson said, per the Pioneer Press. "I don’t think (he’ll be pushing to play). They’ve seen enough of me. I’ll be ready to play."

When the regular season begins, we'll see if the 30-year-old ball-carrier can make a comeback similar to the one he made in 2012, when he rebounded from a season-ending knee injury to record 2,097 yards on the ground.

(h/t TwinCities.com)

Photo Credit: Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports

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