Adrian Peterson is not gaining a lot of love today from coach Brad Childress. The star running back missed minicamp for the Vikings Friday as he gets ready to take in an event in his honor in his hometown – “Adrian Peterson Day.”
“I just know that there’s a bunch of guys here,” Childress said. “This has the term mandatory for a reason. The work’s here.”
The fourth annual Adrian Peterson Day is scheduled for Saturday in Palestine, Texas, where the All-Pro running back was raised. There will be a parade and a meet-and-greet session for the locals with Peterson, who has been mostly working out on his own in Houston this offseason.
Childress said he “had an inkling” about the conflict but that Peterson didn’t tell him until an appearance at the team’s facility this week. “I don’t know if it’s going to be like every year they’re going to have that,” Childress said, “but we’re going to have this too.”
Asked whether he would consider this absence excused, Childress demurred. “That’s something that we’ll talk about upstairs,” he said.
Peterson, like several Vikings veterans, chose not to attend the voluntary practices and workouts in Minnesota this spring. The organized team activities, as they’re called by the NFL, are important to the coaches and have become a part of the offseason routine around the league even if they’re not contractually required for the players.