All Day blowing off minicamp all weekend, Childress miffed
Perhaps Adrian Peterson Day would be best scheduled on a weekend in early to mid-July so long as he is still playing in the NFL.
That might be one way to avoid the little scheduling conflict the All-Pro running back has this weekend when he has chosen to remain in Palestine, Texas, for a day honoring him than attend the mandatory veteran minicamp with the Vikings in Eden Prairie, Minn. This, too, is the fourth annual Adrian Peterson Day, and coach Brad Childress was none too thrilled with Peterson’s absence Friday.
“This is work here,” Childress told reporters. “I just know that there's a bunch of guys here. This has a term ‘mandatory’ for a reason and the work is here, period. This is the fourth annual Adrian Peterson Day. I don't know if it's going to be like every year that they are going to have that, but we're going to have this, too.
“The same thing I told (rookie running back) Toby Gerhart, way before we decided on drafting him. This minicamp was on this date. I know he's going to go back and walk in graduation. This (camp) was going to be here.”
Gerhart is only going to miss the practice on Sunday. The only other players not in attendance are quarterback Brett Favre, who might not show up until August, and defensive end Ray Edwards, who is a restricted free agent and will likely sign his tender on Monday. Edwards is sitting out because he is upset over his contract situation. It’s not mandatory for him. It is mandatory for Peterson, and he is subject to a fine if the team chooses to go that route. The Vikings could fine him $9,442, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Childress is peeved that Peterson didn’t let him know about the conflict until a matter of days ago.
Per the coach, you can’t compare Peterson to Favre.
"That is a special circumstance," Childress said. "I don't think Adrian is batting around retirement in his mind. It's a special set of circumstances. You can say is it special? Is everything equal? Obviously it is not. That is just the way it is. It's a matter of fact and everybody understands that on our side of the equation."
It will be interesting to monitor this situation moving forward and see if there is any fallout. Peterson has had some serious fumbling problems the past two seasons and the Vikings are going to be one of the favorites to return to the NFC Championship Game, if Favre returns. There will be a lot of scrutiny in Eden Prairie and eventually Peterson is going to have to show up and face it. Until then, hopefully he enjoys his big day today.
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