MANKATO — Adrian Peterson said it's been a "rollercoaster" offseason, with constant rehab of his knee and an off-field incident at a Houston nightclub.
But as he drove up the Stadium Road hill toward Gage Hall, he started to feel the excitement of a new season.
"I've been working hard," he said. "I'm excited to see where I'm at."
The Minnesota Vikings arrived Thursday and will hold their first two practices today, with a walk-through in the morning and a longer, no-pads workout in the afternoon. There"s a chance that Peterson, just seven months removed from a severe knee injury, might be on the physically-unable-to-perform list, working out with a trainer on an adjacent practice field.
"It's going to be their call," Peterson said. "My main focus is to get out there and get myself ready."
The Vikings could put Peterson on the PUP list, which means he can"t practice with the team, as a means of protecting him from contact. He can come off the PUP list at anytime.
Peterson said that he"s talked a lot with linebacker Chad Greenway, whose been through the knee rehab. He said his knee feels great and that he"s been sprinting, jumping and cutting. But he knows it will be different when there are players around him and he has to make football moves.
"I just want to be out there with my teammates and be involved," he said. "To what extent? I don't know."
Coach Leslie Frazier arrived for his sixth season in Mankato and proclaimed his players and coaches ready to go. Compared to last summer, when he was trying to organize his first training camp as head coach but was hindered by the lockout, he feels a lot better about his team.