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Adrian Peterson estimates he's at 80 percent health.

Peterson was a full participant in this week's voluntary workouts, but is still feeling some residual effects from his groin operation. "Just really working on the strength and trying to get that strength back and balance," Peterson said. His health isn't a concern going into 2014.

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Adrian Peterson (groin) is participating in this week's minicamp.

Per new coach Mike Zimmer, Peterson is doing fantastic. We wouldn't expect anything less from a player that has proven to be more deity than human throughout his career. Although Peterson is 29 years old and coming off three surgeries in last three years, he'll be in the conversation for No. 1 overall fantasy pick once again.

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ESPN's Ben Goessling believes Adrian Peterson could be used in more passing situations this season.

The Vikings don't have a third-down back after losing Toby Gerhart, so Peterson is a candidate to take on a bigger workload in the receiving game. Peterson has just 69 catches and 388 yards combined the last two seasons and struggles in pass protection, so it's not an ideal role. Minnesota is expected to target a running back in the middle rounds of the draft to replace Gerhart. Matt Asiata, Zach Line, and Bradley Randle are low-end options behind Peterson.

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Adrian Peterson (groin surgery) is unsure when he'll be able start participating in offseason workouts but is fully expected to join at some point before training camp.

In February, coach Mike Zimmer said Peterson should be ready for minicamp, which is this month. That's still within reach, but it's not the greatest idea to rush Peterson. Speaking on a conference call Wednesday, Peterson also said he's not interested in reducing his workload as he enters his age-29 season. He'll be full go by training camp and is still a top-three re-draft fantasy running back.

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Coach Mike Zimmer said the Vikings need to get Adrian Peterson in space more and "run him into a few less bodies."

"This guy is getting hit a lot," Zimmer said. "If we can get him space, he can do a lot of damage." Peterson has led the league in yards after contact each of the past two seasons, a clear sign he's getting hit almost as soon as he touches the ball. The Vikings first need a quarterback to scare defenses. Matt Cassel is in the driver's seat to start. OC Norv Turner will no doubt open up the offense more than Bill Musgrave did, while Cordarrelle Patterson's emergence will help. Peterson has at least another season of top-three fantasy production in him.

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Adrian Peterson (groin surgery) is on track to participate in April minicamp.

Coach Mike Zimmer stated at the Combine that Peterson is "doing great" in his recovery from the January 23 procedure. New OC Norv Turner has pledged to get Peterson "in space more often" this season, perhaps via the passing game. Believe what you will about LeSean McCoy, there isn't a more dangerous in-space player in football than "All Day." He'll return as a top-three re-draft pick.

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New Vikings OC Norv Turner said he wants to get Adrian Peterson in space more often.

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Adrian Peterson (groin) said at the Super Bowl Friday he's feeling "fine" after surgery and is already taking part in upper-body workouts.

Peterson underwent a clean-up procedure related to his 2013 sports-hernia surgery earlier this month. He remains on track with his six-week recovery timetable and should be fully cleared for the start of the Vikings' offseason program. "It's not going to interfere," Peterson confirmed. "I'm still able to do some exercises and things like that, but kind of laying off the lower-body workouts."

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Adrian Peterson called new OC Norv Turner "the perfect guy to come in and get us on the right path."

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Vikings GM Rick Spielman told Profootballtalk.com on Friday that there is "no chance" Adrian Peterson will be traded this offseason.

Minnesota could probably get a second-round pick for A.D., but the Vikings want him to finish his career playing in purple. "Adrian is not going anywhere," said Spielman, adamantly. "We have him under contract. He's the face of our franchise. He is a blue-chip player. And we have a new coaching staff in place, and (the Vikings are) very excited about what's coming ahead for us."