Friday, January 31, 2014
Peterson says he's recovering from surgery
By Ben Goessling
MINNEAPOLIS -- Eight days after groin surgery, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is making the rounds in New York City before the Super Bowl. He's been conducting interviews for a handful of promotions, headlined a Super Bowl party earlier this week and is hosting a comedy show featuring Chris Tucker in New Jersey on Friday night. On Saturday, he'll present the Comeback Player of the Year award at the NFL Honors show.
Peterson stopped by ESPN Radio's "Mike and Mike" show on Friday morning, and said he's feeling fine after surgery, adding he's been able to do some upper-body workouts and will be back to normal in about six weeks.
"I would probably be back working (out already if not for the surgery, but) not too much. It's not going to interfere," Peterson said. "I'm still able to do some of the upper body exercises and things like that, but kind of laying off the lower body workouts."
The running back said again that he's keeping an eye on the Vikings' moves this offseason, and mentioned how gratifying it was for players to name him the player they'd most like to see in a Super Bowl. But as we've discussed, Peterson typically isn't one to hang onto his objections, at least publicly. On Friday, the running back -- who was upset the team fired coach Leslie Frazier on Dec. 30 -- gave the strongest endorsement he's given yet of new coach Mike Zimmer.
"I'm just looking forward to heading in the right direction. I feel like the organization did a great job of bringing in Zimmer and offensive coordinator Norv Turner," Peterson said. "I feel like we're putting the pieces in the right place so I'm just excited to see who all we bring in (to coach) other positions and to see which direction as far as bringing in players to help us accomplish our goal of winning a championship."