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Monday, July 26, 2010
BBAO: Adrian Peterson ready for camp

By Kevin Seifert

We're Black and Blue All Over:

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson cleared up a number of question marks about his status in an interview Sunday night, leaving him to report to training camp on time and in the right frame of mind.

Speaking with Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune, Peterson said that contract unhappiness "was not the reason at all" that he skipped last month's mandatory minicamp. He said he will report to training camp Friday on time and that "I'm letting my agents take care of their job" in regards to future discussions.

Further, Peterson said there was no intended message in his decision to skip minicamp, saying the date for the fourth annual Adrian Peterson day in Palestine, Texas, was set before he knew when minicamp would occur. We discussed the logistical semantics of that issue last month, but there's no sense in debating when the Vikings' offseason schedule arrived in Peterson's mailbox. It appears everyone has moved on from that issue.

In the big picture, the Vikings can rejoice in the fact that Peterson plans no major contract protest this summer.

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