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Adrian Peterson hopes heavy football helps reduce fumbles

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson promised in January that he’d work on fixing his fumbling problems this offseason. Part of that work involves doing running back drills while carrying a football that weighs 14 pounds.

NFL Network caught up with Peterson in Minnesota today and shot video of him and other Vikings players working with the sand-filled ball that was described as football’s version of a medicine ball.

Solomon Wilcotts of NFL Network, who interviewed Peterson, said the thinking is, “If you can secure a 14-pound football, you probably can hold onto the ball when defenders are pulling and tugging at it.”

Will it work? Who knows? But Peterson knows that reducing his fumbles has to be his top offseason priority.

Wilcotts also reported that Peterson and everyone else in Minnesota seems to believe that Brett Favre will be back before the season starts.