"He got tangled up," teammate Jerick McKinnon said, per ESPN. "A defender fell on him, but he said he was alright. Everybody knows Adrian's got a cape on. He'll be back out here tomorrow. I don't think anybody's worried about him."
According to reports, this means his contract for 2015 is guaranteed at $13 million, in addition to receiving guaranteed money for the 2016 season.
"I appreciate the Vikings for working together on this restructured contract, which provides additional security for me but also allows opportunities for me to further prove my value to the team and within the NFL," Peterson said. "It was important for me to continue my career in Minnesota, and I cannot wait to get on the field in front of Vikings fans again."
Peterson missed 15 games last season after being placed on the commissioner's exempt list while dealing with child abuse allegations, and at times expressed his desire to not play for the Vikings anymore.
Now, the Vikings are planning to use a more balanced offensive attack.
"No question that the workload will be a lot more balanced than in the past because the organization has done an outstanding job of acquiring talent and other explosive pieces," Vikings running backs coach Kirby Wilson said. "And just as the natural progression as an older back ages, the workload decreases anyway."
Peterson will still get his fair share of carries as the team will strategically try to limit his snaps per game, not necessarily his carriers.
"I think it's more about snaps per game, because that's what you have to watch in regard to the wear and tear," Wilson said. "How he'll last for the season is the snaps per game, not the carries or attempts per game, because that comes with the territory. He's going to get his amount of touches that he gets, it's the other snaps and plays that will determine how successful he is at lasting during the season and being powerful, strong, aggressive and explosive."
Peterson played in just one game last season due to a suspension. He ran the ball 21 times for 75 yards.
Despite a contentious relationship recently,
"It's all good for the team," Wilf said. "I'm very happy for him to be back with us."
Peterson recently returned to the team after missing all of the team's offseason activities and he acknowledged that he didn't always want to play for the Vikings this season.
Peterson missed 15 games last season after being placed on the commissioner's exempt list while dealing with child abuse allegations. While the two sides went back and forth over Peterson's commitment to the team, Wilf said it was time to move on.
"He's always had a good heart," Wilf said. "He's a great football player. We have great memories, and we'll continue to have good memories with him... He's been great for the community, and that's basically who he is, and when you know that's the character of that person, you believe in him."
Speaking to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said it's unlikely that Peterson will tote the rock during the four exhibition games the team will suit up for.
"I probably don’t see that, no," Zimmer said. "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."
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