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Anthony Barr returns to practice for Vikings

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Much of the Vikings offseason was spent waiting to see when running back Adrian Peterson would rejoin the team at practice, but he wasn’t the only player missing from the field during the offseason workout program.

Linebacker Anthony Barr didn’t get on the field at all during OTAs as he rehabbed a knee injury that was different from the one that led him to have season-ending surgery in November of his rookie season. That absence ended at minicamp on Tuesday when Barr went through individual drills with his teammates.

“He’s got to get back to playing,” coach Mike Zimmer said, via the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “He hasn’t really done football in a long time. So it’s good for him to get back out here and start moving around and getting with the calls. I mean, I don’t anticipate any problems. I just think it’s good for his mindset and good for ours as well.”

Barr had 70 tackles and four sacks in 12 games before he was knocked out by the knee injury and the Vikings will surely want to see those numbers rise in his second season on the edge of their defense.