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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson returned for the individual portion of Monday's practice as he continues to recover from a thigh injury, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Peterson is still not fully participating in practice after suffering a thigh bruise last week, and he will not play at all during the preseason to ensure he is fully healthy for Week 1.

Adrian Peterson RB MIN 3 weeks ago

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson did not practice on Wednesday because of a thigh injury, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Peterson suffered a thigh bruise on Tuesday after a lineman fell on him, but the issue has been described as minor.

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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson left Tuesday's practice after suffering a thigh injury, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Peterson reportedly sustained a bruised thigh when a teammate fell on him during a drill and he was relegated to the sidelines for the remainder of practice. "He got tangled up," Peterson's teammate Jerick McKinnon said. "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." McKinnon's words were reinforced by those of a source close to the team who said Peterson would be fine. The 30-year-old's removal from practice was likely only precautionary, and he is not expected to miss much additional time, if any. Peterson is unlikely to play much during the Vikings' first preseason game this week, but the team will get him some reps as the preseason schedule progresses.

Adrian Peterson RB MIN 3 weeks ago

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is not expected to play in the Hall of Fame Game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. ESPN further notes that Peterson likely will not play during the preseason, as the last time he did so was Aug. 27, 2011.

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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson agreed Tuesday to a deal that will restructure the final three years of his current contract. Peterson had expressed his desire for a new deal as far back as February and was seeking additional guaranteed money with only this year's $13 million salary guaranteed on the previous contract. "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," the 30-year-old said. The agreement brings some closure to a tumultuous offseason between Peterson and the front office, as he had indicated that he would like to be traded or released if he was not given a restructured deal. After missing 15 games last season due to an investigation into a domestic incident involving his son, Peterson will head into training camp with renewed trust between himself and the organization.

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Peterson isn't expected to get any playing time in the preseason, head coach Mike Zimmer told ESPN.

Peterson hasn't had a carry in the preseason since 2011 and there's no reason for the team to risk the 30-year old's health in a preseason game. However, this shows the team is confident Peterson will be set as the team's starter since he ended any questions about a holdout over his contract after reporting to last week's OTAs.

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Minnesota offensive coordinator Norv Turner continues to plan to make Peterson a larger part of the passing game this season. "He caught [two passes] in that first game a year ago. I would expect him to be a part in the passing game," Turner told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

The Vikings had planned to have Peterson catch more passes last season, but we never really got to see if Turner's talk became a reality since Peterson played just one game due to a suspension. Peterson has had as many as 43 receptions in a season and running back in Turner's system have repeatedly had higher totals, so Peterson could get a boost in points per reception formats.

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Peterson looked in good shape Tuesday during his first practice with the team since September. "We know that no matter where he is, he's staying in shape," Vikings center John Sullivan told the team's official web site. "Nobody ever worried about that. He looks like he's ready to be the MVP of the league again." Meanwhile, Peterson's agent said he doesn't plan to miss any games. "It's been a tough time for everybody, but he wants to move forward and focus on the 2015 season. That was always his goal. He always wanted to be in a position not to miss any games," Ben Dogra told USA Today.

It looks like Peterson's decision to attend this week's OTAs ends any questions of whether he'll hold out or decide not to play this season. It sounds like he's kept himself in good shape considering he hasn't had any workouts with the team since he was suspended last September.

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Peterson is in Minnesota and plans to start attending OTAs on Tuesday, ESPN's Josina Anderson reports.

Peterson likely still has his eyes on a restructured contract, but he seems to be softening his stance, possibly with the hope of collecting a $250,000 bonus for attending 90 percent of OTAs and minicamp. It wouldn't be surprising to see Peterson play out the season under his current contract, because while he may want guaranteed money beyond 2015, his $12.75 million base salary is still the highest among all running backs. The Vikings view Peterson as a centerpiece, and with Teddy Bridgewater entering his second season, the Minnesota offense could be the best Peterson has played with since 2009.

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Peterson, through a statement to ESPN's Josina Anderson said Wednesday that he does not want a trade, instead suggesting that his recent holdout is about "securing my future with the Vikings."

Peterson continues to be absent from this week's OTAs, leaving many to question his motives, considering that it will cost him a $250,000 bonus for not attending. The tension between the star running back and the organization appears poised to continue until the start of mandatory minicamp June 16-18. The Vikings have insisted that they have no plans to trade Peterson, but it remains to be seen whether or not they will be open to restructuring his contract.