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Adrian Peterson not expected to play in preseason

Adrian Peterson hasn’t received a single carry in the preseason since 2011. Despite missing all but one game last season, that isn’t expected to change for Peterson this year.

According to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said he doesn’t anticipate giving Peterson work before the start of the regular season.

“I probably don’t see that, no,” Zimmer said. “We’re talking in June, so you can’t hold me to it, but he’s carried the ball a lot (in his eight-year career) and he’s going to continue to carry the ball a lot. He’ll get plenty of looks and reps in practice.”

Even without a full season last year, Peterson has significant mileage on him throughout his career. Peterson has racked up 10,190 yards on 2,054 carries throughout his eight seasons with the Vikings. He’s averaged 98 yards per game and nearly 11 touchdowns a season in Minnesota.

Missing a few preseason carries certainly shouldn’t hamper Peterson returning to his former form.