Peterson should be ready for minicamp

INDIANAPOLIS -- Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson should be recovered from groin surgery in time to participate in the team's pre-draft minicamp at the end of April, coach Mike Zimmer said at the NFL scouting combine on Friday.

Peterson was limited to 18 carries in the Vikings' final four games, and missed two of those, because of a groin injury that stemmed from the sports hernia surgery Peterson had after the 2012 season. He seemed unable to cut effectively or accelerate like he normally could because of the injury, and decided to have adductor release surgery in Philadelphia last month.

"He’s doing great," Zimmer said. "I got a report from (athletic trainer) Eric (Sugerman) yesterday, and he said he’s doing great -- better than they expected and should be great to go.”

Peterson turns 29 in March, but Zimmer seemed unconcerned with the possibility the running back might break down after more than 2,000 carries in seven NFL seasons.

"This guy isn’t an average 28- or 29-year-old back," Zimmer said. "This guy is special, and some of the things, when we were fixin' to play him (last December in Cincinnati), some of the things that I thought, I watched him and I was like, ‘Wow, if we’re not really good in the way we line up and contain and be in the right positions, we’re going to have a hard, hard day.’ He could have been 20 months old for all I care.”