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Continued: Vikings' Peterson is itchin' for hittin'

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 5, 2014 - 1:56 PM

On his ninth carry of that game, Peterson broke off a career-long 82-yard touchdown run. And, yeah, he let the Rams know how good it felt as the game unfolded and the Vikings won to keep their playoff push alive.

“Normally, I’m an assassin out there,” Peterson said. “I was a talking assassin that time. Those guys were talking so much noise. Then we ripped a long run on them and things got quiet. Hopefully, things play out the same way [Sunday].”

With 10,115 yards rushing, 91 touchdowns, six Pro Bowls, three first-team All-Pro honors and a league MVP on Peterson’s résumé, teammates embrace the Bubble-Wrap philosophy when it comes to the star running back and practice.

“He takes enough hits on Sundays,” Robison said. “He also hits them before they hit him, too.”

In the preseason, it’s Matt Asiata who takes the first-team hits. But even he is cool with the unwritten rule.

“It’s a good approach for us,” he said. “We keep him under wraps so we can unleash the beast when the lights come on.”

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  • Adrian Peterson didn’t receive much contact during training camp — except for the hits he initiated — and didn’t play a snap in preseason games. No worries, he says. “Honestly, I’m able to make the transition pretty quick.”

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Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pmX30-12
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2014 regular season     
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Sep 14 - vs. New England NoonX30-7
Sep 21 - at New Orleans NoonX20-9
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pmX41-28
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