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Peterson to participate in OTAs this week

MINNEAPOLIS -- Adrian Peterson will participate in the Vikings' organized team activities starting Tuesday, a source said. The Vikings running back has not yet been part of offseason practices this spring, preferring to work out near his home in ...

MINNEAPOLIS -- Adrian Peterson will participate in the Vikings’ organized team activities starting Tuesday, a source said.

The Vikings running back has not yet been part of offseason practices this spring, preferring to work out near his home in the Houston area. He missed the first of the Vikings’ three OTA sessions last year.

But Peterson, who has a $250,000 workout bonus linked to OTA participation, said month he was “thinking about coming back” for the first one this week. He also said he was eager to take the field with German rookie receiver Moritz B'hringer, who first took up football after seeing videos of Peterson on YouTube as a teenager.

Selected by the Vikings in the sixth-round of last month’s draft, B'hringer is the first foreign player drafted by an NFL team not to have played college football in North America.

“I was watching NFL Network and saw that he first started watching highlights of me and got into football, and I was like, ‘Wow,’ ” Peterson said. “It was just one of those moments where you realize the things you’ve displayed. Now, look at him. He has the opportunity to not only play (in the NFL), but to be my teammate. That’s pretty spectacular.”

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Peterson talked to B'hringer on the phone before the wide receiver participated in a May 6-8 rookie minicamp. The 10-year veteran said earlier this month he planned to deliver after B'hringer said he had heard about Peterson’s “very strong handshake.”

Peterson, 31, last season gained 1,485 yards and was the second-oldest rushing champion in NFL history. He will seek this season to become the oldest, knocking Curtis Martin, who was 31 with the New York Jets in 2004, out of the record books.

“Ten years in, I’m just grateful to still be playing at a high level,” Peterson said.

In preparation for this week’s three days of OTAs, the Vikings on Monday waived running back Brandon Ross, who signed this month as an undrafted free agent, and signed defensive tackle Travis Raciti. Raciti spent time as a rookie in 2015 on Philadelphia’s practice squad.

The Vikings also will have OTA sessions May 31-June 2 and June 6-9. Their mandatory minicamp will be June 14-16.

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