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Adrian Peterson Still Hoping To Participate Some In Training Camp

Everyone's wondering about the status of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and when the star might be able to return from ACL and MCL surgeries.

Peterson has stated that he aims to be back by their opening game, but the Vikings' trainer has cautioned that might not happen. Peterson has performed drills for reporters and says he's even 50-50 on participating at training camp, but that hasn't stopped speculation from running rampant that Peterson will miss time during the regular season.

On Thursday, Peterson took his critics to task:

"If I listened to all the critics, I'd be out a year and half, two years," Peterson said from Sheridan Arts Magnet School in Minneapolis, where the team conducted its annual playground build Thursday, May 31. "'I'm just doing my thing. I put my faith in God, and he's been carrying me through so far." [...]

"I do feel I'll be able to do something [at training camp]," Peterson said.

Peterson tore his ACL and MCL back in December and those types of injuries usually require anywhere from 10-12 months for full recovery. Peterson is hoping to defy history and get back to the Vikings sooner rather than later.

For more on Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings, check out The Daily Norseman. More news and analysis on the NFL in general can be found at SB Nation's NFL hub.

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