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MINNEAPOLIS—Adrian Peterson was watching television recently, and a segment came about on about Kobe Bryant. What intrigued the Vikings running back was Bryant having spent his entire career with the Los Angeles Lakers before finally retiring in April at 37. "They were talking about Kobe being the only guy (in NBA history) to play for one franchise for like 20 years,'' Peterson said. "And I remember looking at that like, 'Man, wow, that'd be amazing to be able to do that.' So that's what I hope, man, is to finish here.''
MINNEAPOLIS—Charles Johnson didn't expect to see as much of himself as he did Friday. The Vikings practiced at U.S. Bank Stadium in preparation for Sunday's preseason game against San Diego, their debut at the sparkling new venue. Plenty of chatter among players was about the 8,100-square-foot video board that enables fans to see plenty.
MINNEAPOLIS—Adrian Peterson hasn't run the ball in a preseason game since 2011. And that won't be changing this year. The Vikings running back said Thursday he won't play in either of the final two exhibition games, and next will take the field for the Sept. 11 regular-season opener at Tennessee. Peterson said in May he was "itching" to get preseason carries. But he said he ended up changing his mind.
MINNEAPOLIS—Wide receiver Charles Johnson said the Vikings had their leader back Tuesday. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who missed Thursday's preseason game at Seattle, threw in practice after having done nothing more than hand off in two previous workouts. "It was good to have him back out there,'' Johnson said. "Teddy throws a great touch.''
MINNEAPOLIS—The odds of a Vikings player getting lost on the way to the field for the first game at U.S. Bank Stadium have been diminished. The Vikings have scheduled a practice for Friday at the spanking new stadium before they play there for the first time in a preseason game Sunday against San Diego. Rickey Young only wishes such a plan had been in place when Minnesota first played at the Metrodome.
MINNEAPOLIS—Warren Moon once was very effective throwing deep for the Vikings. So was Tommy Kramer. Now, both former Minnesota Pro Bowl quarterbacks wonder if Teddy Bridgewater will be able to do the same. Moon, who once had 33 touchdown passes in a season for the Vikings, and Kramer, who once tossed 26, both like how the third-year man is progressing. Still, they say there is work to be done.
SEATTLE — The past week and a half has been difficult for Vikings cornerback Marcus Sherels. He at least had a bright spot Thursday. Sherels missed two practices and the Vikings' first preseason game in Cincinnati because he was back in Minnesota with his brother, University of Minnesota linebackers coach Mike Sherels, who on Aug. 9 was hospitalized for an unexpected surgery. He remains hospitalized.
SEATTLE—When Shaun Hill showed up Thursday at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, he had no idea he would be the Vikings' starting quarterback. The 36-year-old backup was going through warmups when he was approached by quarterbacks coach Scott Turner and told he would get the call for the exhibition game against the Seahawks in place of Teddy Bridgewater. "I was a little bit (surprised), but you're prepared for anything," Hill said. "That's the thing about the life of the backup: You've got to come in there when there's no warning; you have to go in and play."
MINNEAPOLIS—When David Morgan first arrived in Minnesota, he had a reputation as a good blocker. It hasn't taken long for him to turn heads with his receiving. A tight end taken by the Vikings in the sixth round of April's NFL draft, Morgan had caught just 40 passes in his first three seasons at Texas-San Antonio before a senior season with 45 grabs for 566 yards. "We were throwing routes and I hear the quarterbacks and stuff, everybody was like, 'I see you catching the ball,'" Morgan said. "I knew what I can do on this stage."
MINNEAPOLIS—Only 11 times in NFL history has a player recorded 20 sacks in a season. Everson Griffen apparently is aiming to make it a dozen. The Vikings defensive end wouldn't divulge any of his statistical goals for this season, but cornerback Captain Munnerlyn let it be known Tuesday what Griffen told him. "He said his goal is to have 20-some sacks, and I believe he can do it," Munnerlyn said. The NFL record is 22½ by hall of fame defensive end Michael Strahan of the New York Giants in 2001. The Vikings' mark is 22, set by Jared Allen in 2011.