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By: Aj Mansour | KFAN.com
Minneapolis, MN - Aside from the different faces, the new jerseys and a new coach or two, the biggest difference between this year's Minnesota Vikings Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and that from 2012 is the presence of MVP running back Adrian Peterson.
This time last year, Peterson had surfaced on the practice field for the first time since undergoing reconstructive knee surgery on a torn ACL in his knee to end the 2011 season. While his teammates installed plays and worked on timing at the team's Winter Park practice facility, Peterson spent his time in the far corner working rehab drills with Head Trainer Eric Sugarman.
This year it was different. This year Peterson was out on the practice field day one, going 100% right there alongside his teammates.
That's not to say that Peterson didn't undergo some serious recovery during this offseason, because he did. Only this year, the recovery process was not quite as arduous.
Peterson underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia earlier this year, an injury that he finished his historic 2012 season playing the final four or five games through.
Today, Peterson claimed that he has fully recovered from that injury and is ready to pick up right where he left off last season.
"I'm pretty much 100%," Peterson told the local media Wednesday. "Me knowing my body, I would like to be a little stronger in some areas but I'm feeling great."
Compared to the ACL, recovering from a sports hernia was easy for Peterson who compared the ACL rehab to the hardest things you could physically experience.
"[The sports hernia] was a cakewalk compared to recovering from the ACL and what I had to go through to bounce back from that," Peterson shared. "But I've definitely earned a lot more respect for the abdominal muscles. After that surgery I was definitely able to feel each area that it effects."
After he went under the knife, Peterson said he took it easy for a few weeks before beginning his workouts. Once he began his training for the upcoming season, he modified some things but did it the only way that he knew how, full throttle.
"Right after the surgery it took me maybe a month and a half to really start lifting again," Peterson said. "I kind of started off light, trying to take away some of the pressure from my lower abdominal by having my legs on the bench."
Only a few months removed from the operating table, Peterson said today that he is already lifting more than he was when he was still healthy in 2012.
During his recovery this offseason, Adrian very publicly stated his goals for the 2013 season as being to rush for 2,500 yards and to lead the Vikings to a Super Bowl win. With Peterson now back at 100%, the odds of achieving both those goals have surely increased exponentially!
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