There’s no plan for exactly when he can put pads on and practice with the team once formal practices begin later this summer and, Sugarman said, no point in putting a timetable on how long he’ll need between his first practice and clearance to play in a real game.
They’re not wasting any time, though, as evidenced by Wednesday’s drills.
Sugarman rolled him a soccer ball as he shuffled from side to side in a basketball defense pose and tossed it back. Then Peterson ran around in a circle before practicing his explosion out of a pivot. He ran with a slight limp the width of the field. Then he high-jumped onto stacks of boxes. The rapid-fire pace of the activities left Peterson needing a rest, and Sugarman teased him about stalling.
If there’s any let up, well, the return to elite running back status can only take longer.
“Those guys know my limit, and they push me to it,” Peterson said.
Notes: Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said the decision to release veteran kicker Ryan Longwell dated to the team’s postseason roster evaluation in January. After drafting Blair Walsh last month, the Vikings let Longwell go to give him as much time as possible to find another team. … Free agent LB Rocky McIntosh worked out for the team on Tuesday but didn’t sign. Spielman said he’ll continue to monitor McIntosh, who spent the last six seasons with the Washington Redskins. … Asked for his reaction to the stiff punishment levied by the league on members of the New Orleans Saints who took part in the illegal cash-for-hits program: “Bet it won’t happen again,” Peterson said.
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