Peterson skips minicamp for parade in Palestine

By Ryan Peterson - bio | email

PALESTINE, TX (KLTV) -  Adrian Peterson returned to a heroes welcome in his home town of Palestine on Saturday morning.  East Texans were thrilled to see the NFL star, but Peterson's head coach in Minnesota wasn't happy about it.  Brad Childress is upset that Peterson is back in Palestine for the Adrian Peterson Day Parade.  While Peterson is back home, the Vikings are holding a mandatory three day minicamp.

"I really haven't heard in detail what he had to say," said Peterson about Childress.  "This Adrian Peterson day was set in stone. Unfortunately we kind of set it back a week or two earlier from last year and it fell on the wrong day."

The Vikings pro bowl running back didn't seem too worried about it.  Some believe the running back is trying to make a point in getting a new contract.

"There's some different things I'm handling right now," said Peterson.  "So as long as I come back and I'm ready to perform and I'm in shape and mentally tuned, everything it takes to be a pro football player, then I'll be fine."

Peterson is not the only star Viking missing camp.  He says he hasn't talked with quarterback Brett Favre and doesn't know if he'll return.

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