Found February 21, 2013 on Fox Sports North:
Adrian Peterson returned from major knee surgery in less than a year, so sports hernia surgery should be no problem for the NFL's MVP, right? Exactly, according to Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman. Spielman told reporters Thursday at the Scouting Combine that Peterson is expected to be ready when Minnesota starts its offseason program later this offseason. "He'll be ready," Spielman said, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "He's pretty good right now. You think Adrian wouldn't be good yet?" Peterson was named the league's MVP after a season in which he ran for 2,097 yards, the second-highest single-season total in league history less than a year removed from anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligament surgery in December 2011. Peterson had sports hernia surgery earlier this month after he was bothered by abdominal pain late in the season. Spielman told reporters that center John Sullivan, who had microfracture knee surgery, and defensive end Jared Allen, who had surgery on his left shoulder, likely won't be ready for the team's offseason program. But the rehab for Sullivan and Allen isn't expected to linger into next season. Minnesota is also waiting to see how receiver Greg Childs, a fourth-round pick last year, continues in his recovery from tearing the patellar tendons in both knees in training camp last season. "We'll see how he's progressing," Spielman said. "He's working extremely hard. It's like a month-to-month thing, where he's coming. That will be yet to be determined." Vikings won't cut for cap room: According to the Pioneer Press, Spielman also told reporters that Minnesota isn't planning on cutting any of its veteran players to clear cap room. I don't anticipate anything happening at this point," Spielman said. "Now, as we get through and get closer to that new league year, we'll see where that evolves. So I'm not going to ever say we're not going to do anything. We may. I don't know yet. We'll see how things progress." Spielman will be in talks with agents for the Vikings' unrestricted free agents while at the Combine. He has refused to discuss contract situations with the team's players, including whether the Vikings will approach any veterans about restructuring their contracts. Allen is currently slated to cost more than 17 million against the team's cap next season. Defensive tackle Kevin Williams counts for 7.5 million against the cap and Antoine Winfield is due 7.25 million. Minnesota reportedly has more than 12 million in cap room. Five of the team's six highest-paid players are on defense. Of players currently signed into next season, the defense has five of the team's seven players who will be 30 or older when the season begins. Yet those players are considered important leaders for the Vikings. Will Webb return? Spielman offered encouraging words regarding backup quarterback Joe Webb, despite Webb's poor play in the wild-card playoff game at Green Bay, where he was 11 of 30 for 180 yards passing, a touchdown and an interception in Minnesota's 24-10 loss. "Just like any other position, we'll look into the UFA market at potential backups if there's anyone out there," Spielman said, according to 1500espn.com. "Joe did not play very well in that Green Bay game, and he'll admit to that. But I know he's done a pretty phenomenal job coming off the bench in previous games and has played very well." Follow Brian Hall on Twitter.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

So Just How Good Was Percy Harvin in 2012?

It may be hard for you to remember, but Percy Harvin once played for the Minnesota Vikings in 2012. It's true. He actually was doing pretty super, as well. He was being talked about heavily as an early MVP candidate in the NFL (sorry dude, it ended up going to Adrian Peterson instead!), and he was key in helping a young team jump out to an early, and surprising, 5-4 record. It...

Adrian Peterson doesn’t want his son playing football (Video)

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson won the NFL’s MVP award, but he has no intention of letting his young son grow up to play football. TMZ cameras caught up with Peterson recently. “Who is that you’re carrying?” TMZ asked. “Adrian Jr.,” Peterson said. “He won’t be playing football.”

Non-news of the day: Percy Harvin has nothing to say about future with Vikings

Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press caught up with Minnesota Vikings receiver Percy Harvin on Tuesday. It wasn't the big interview Murphy probably had envisioned, as he tracked Harvin down at his Florida home after a public records search.  

Frazier backs Ponder, wants battle for No. 2

Leslie Frazier is hoping the Minnesota Vikings have more competition at quarterback next season -- backup quarterback, that is. Speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis on Friday, Frazier touched on a variety of tops regarding his team, but he made clear that Christian Ponder, coming off his first full season as the starter, will be unchallenged in the No. 1 role. "...

Leslie Frazier believes Percy Harvin trade rumors are media driven

Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier told Marc Sessler of NFL.com that he believes the Percy Harvin trade rumors are media driven. “I think it’s more media-driven. You don’t hear anything from me or (general manager) Rick Spielman from a negative standpoint, I think it’s more media-driven, I really do,” Frazier told NFL.com. Spielman has been adamant that they...

Vikings sticking to plan to keep Harvin

It didn't take long for the national media to try to wrangle an answer from Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman on Thursday regarding receiver Percy Harvin. It took less time for Spielman to reiterate Minnesota's position on its talented but temperamental receiver: "We have no intent to trade Percy Harvin." They were the same words uttered by Spielman...

Vikings rumors: No intention of trading Percy Harvin

Following the report of Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin’s run-in with coach Leslie Frazier, there has been speculation that the team will attempt to trade him this offseason. However, general manager Rick Spielman shot down these rumors at the NFL scouting combine and said the team has no intentions of trading Harvin, according to The Associated Press. Spielman...

Percy Harvin Will Not Be Traded, According to Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman

For teams who had dreams of acquiring Percy Harvin for 10 cents on the dollar, think again. Vikings general manager Rick Spielman told the media at the NFL Scouting Combine that the Vikings have no intention of trading the versatile wide receiver. Reports came out earlier this month that Minnesota would trade Harvin because of an altercation with head coach Leslie Frasier. Harvin...

Order of Vikings' draft picks set

With the Minnesota Vikings in Indianapolis scouting players at the Combine, the NFL announced the tentative selection order for April's draft. Minnesota, which owns the No. 23 pick in the first round, currently has nine total picks, the most of any NFC North squad. The Vikings have one pick in each round, with two selections in the fourth and seventh rounds. In contrast, the...

Frazier not publicly fretting over contract

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier sounded disappointed he didn’t get a long-term contract extension, but he is shifting his focus away from his contract and toward moving forward.

Notre Dame LB Manti Te’o An Option For The Vikings?

Minnesota Vikings GM Rick Spielman told reporters on Thursday that they intend to spend a good amount of time on Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o. “He’s an extremely talented football player,” said Spielman, via Dan Kadar. The Vikings currently hold the 23rd overall pick and there’s a reasonable enough chance that Te’o could be available to them at that point in the...

My 2012 NFL season Awards

[caption id="attachment_93" align="alignright" width="134"] Adrian Peterson[/caption] I can't believe that the 2012 NFL season ended a few weeks ago. It seemed like the season went by so fast, it was like yesterday we were preparing for opening night between the Giants and the Cowboys. What another great season it was for the NFL this year and...

2013 NFL Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 15 Running Backs

With the 2013 NFL Draft just over two months away, let’s look at the 2013 NFL fantasy football landscape with an early slate of running back rankings. 1. Adrian Peterson (Minnesota Vikings): An injury that could threaten the career of most NFL running backs was shrugged off like a hangnail.  All Peterson did was challenge the 1984 single-season rushing record set by Eric Dickerson...
Vikings News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.