Vikings Defense Lays Down For Adrian Peterson

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson returned to practice this week, far sooner than expected following last year's gruesome knee injury. The team isn't allowing the All-Pro to take any contact yet, however -- and his teammates had some fun with that on Wednesday.

Peterson is slowly integrating himself back into the fold, and when he gets the ball out of the backfield the defense is going to great lengths to make sure they don't touch him.

On Wednesday, Peterson played 13 snaps in team (11-on-11) drills and four more in a 7-on-7 period. He got four carries, caught a pass in 7-on-7 and dropped another in a team drill after bobbling it in front of linebacker Chad Greenway, who said he "can't wait" to give Peterson a little shot the next time that happens.

Defensive players had some fun with Frazier's order on Tuesday, lying down on the first of Peterson's two carries in 10 snaps.

It'll be interesting to see if Peterson decided to have "some fun" with those players once he's cleared to take -- and likely dole out -- some contact in practice.

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