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Peterson's camp conflict isn't because of NFL Network

Posted by: under Vikings, NFC, Adrian Peterson Updated: June 22, 2011 - 2:12 PM

We posted an item on Wednesday morning regarding the fact Adrian Peterson would not be able to attend his youth football camp on Thursday and Friday in Norman, Okla., because he will be part of a taping of a show that is counting down the NFL Network's Top 100 current players.

While the NFL Network confirms Peterson will be on that list, a network spokesman made it clear the Pro Bowl running back won't be doing any work involving the project on Thursday or Friday of this week.

“Adrian Peterson will be live in-studio for NFL Network’s final Top 100: Players of 2011 – Reaction show on Sunday, July 3 to discuss the final episode unveiling the Top 10 players," Dennis Johnson, the director of communications for NFL media, wrote in an e-mail. "There is no conflict with the camp.”

The website for the camp -- which is for boys' and girls' ages 7 to 14 and costs $199 -- previously had posted a message explaining why Peterson would be absent.

"Adrian Peterson is being featured on the NFL Top 100 program and will not be able to attend this week’s camp," the statement read. "Although we are saddened to hear that he won’t be able to attend his camp, we congratulate Adrian on the honor. Since we learned the news, ProCamps has been working around the clock to maintain a program that still provides a first-class experience to all campers and allows interaction with various Sooner stars. All-time Sooner greats Mark Clayton, DeMarco Murray and Jason White will serve as special guest hosts at camp."

A message was left with Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, to see if his client had a comment.

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