It took 3 minutes and 15 seconds for reporters to get around to the one Viking absent from this week’s voluntary OTAs at Winter Park.
That’s 195 seconds from the start of coach Mike Zimmer’s post-practice press conference to someone asking if Zimmer is concerned about running back Adrian Peterson’s absence among the 89 other Vikings who did show up.
“No,” Zimmer said. “I’m not concerned.”
Zimmer also disputed a report that Peterson told him before this week’s OTAs that he wouldn’t be here.
“That is completely false,” Zimmer said. “So I know there are a lot of things that are out there. I don’t know when he’s coming. And so we’ll just leave it at that.”
Zimmer said he hasn’t talked to Peterson recently. As for whether people are making too much about his decision to skip this week’s OTAs, well, Zimmer hasn’t given it much thought.
“You all have jobs to do and I understand,” Zimmer said. “So it’s more about … he has missed a lot of OTAs over the course of his career. I’m not worried about it. I got 89 guys out here that I’m coaching and trying to get better. So it is what it is.”
Asked if it was discouraging that Peterson has created a negative vibe by not speaking kindly of the Vikings, Zimmer quickly got to the bottom line:
“It’s really not my place to figure out what he’s not saying publicly or what anybody else is saying,” he said. “It’s more about, really, these guys who are out here. Adrian, he’s really got two choices. He can either play for us or he cannot play. He’s not going to play for anybody else. That’s just the way it’s going to be. “