With Toby Gerhart In the Wings, Does Adrian Peterson Need to Play It Cool?

June 15, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

A lot has been made out of Adrian Peterson missing last weekend's minicamp. Head coach Brad Childress was openly miffed about Peterson missing practice to attend "Adrian Peterson Day" in Texas.
This is all very interesting , and especially so because of two facts:
First, many immediately pull the "Brett Favre card," suggesting that if Favre can skip on workouts, then why can't Peterson?
There is also the suggestion that the Vikings had known all along about Peterson's event, especially since this was the fourth consecutive year it was held.
Firstly, Peterson's situation is nothing like Favre's. Favre is rehabbing an ankle injury and entering his 20th NFL season. Even without the injury, a large portion of the league (and definitely the Vikings) would agree that he has earned the right to show up right before the pre-season begins.
While Peterson is a heck of a running back, it's quite arguable that he has not yet earned that right.
Rumors are flying around...

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