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May 15 2007 at 7:18 PM

Vikadan11  (Login Vikadan11)



Adrian Peterson’s ongoing recovery from a broken collarbone created quite the stir in the week leading up to Draft Day and may have contributed to his brief slide to the Vikings with the seventh overall pick. However, the way we hear it, Minnesota brass has decided against a follow-up procedure to insert a plate to stabilize his shoulder. The surgery would require six weeks of recovery and, if not performed in the short term, would threaten his availability for training camp in late July. However, Peterson insists that, in either scenario, he will be ready to play without limitation by the start of the regular season in September. It’s worth noting that the Vikings do still retain the services of 1,200-yard rusher Chester Taylor and can afford to ease Peterson into his NFL career. In fact, the two lone concerns about the Oklahoma product are his durability and his pass-catching ability, and Taylor’s presence can help in both areas. We’re told not to misconstrue the draft pick as an indictment of Taylor, who remains a valuable piece of the team’s puzzle. As for Peterson’s workload, our sources envision the rookie playing a role at least as significant as Laurence Maroney’s in New England last season.

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