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Patrick Peterson taking next steps in return from ankle surgery

Patrick Peterson is getting "mental reps" this spring after ankle surgery. AP Photo/Rick Scuteri

TEMPE, Ariz. – The next phase in Patrick Peterson’s rehabilitation from offseason ankle surgery began this week.

The Arizona Cardinals’ All-Pro cornerback said he “started moving around a little more.” He’s out of a protective walking boot and the stitches have been removed, allowing Peterson to begin running “a little.”

Peterson underwent ankle surgery about a month ago.

He’s not taking part in on-field work during the Cardinals’ OTAs this week, instead spending practices coaching Arizona’s younger defensive backs.

“For the most part, just getting a lot of mental reps,” Peterson said. “Just making sure I’m more than ready and prepared for when July rolls around.”

Peterson is aiming to return to the field by training camp, which will likely begin in late July. The next step in his return will take place in the next couple of weeks when Peterson said he will put it “to the test.”

“Like coach Rock [cornerbacks coach Kevin Ross] told me, he doesn’t need to see me in shorts and running around in the spring time,” Peterson said. “This time right here is more of the guys and getting me back to 100 percent.”