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Vikings LB annoyed over how team used him to promote Adrian Peterson


The Minnesota Vikings and Adrian Peterson surprisingly mended fences after months and months of acrimony when the running back returned to the fold by attending a team OTA session in June.

Now that everything seems hunky dory between the team and Peterson after the protracted fallout related to the running back’s child abuse scandal, the Vikings are doing all they can to showcase arguably the best back in the NFL. And in doing so, it appears the team upset one of its other players, linebacker Gerald Hodges.

The Vikings posted a link on Twitter to a video on Wednesday of a Peterson rush from training camp in which he barrels over Hodges, along with the message, “If this is how he runs over his teammates, just imagine what he’ll do to opponents.”

Hodges took issue with the way in which his apparent rundown by Peterson was framed, pointing out in a tweet that laying a heavy hit on a superstar during camp practice is a definite no-no.

Great point, and one that the Vikings acknowledged in a subsequent tweet, although probably not in the way Hodges hoped.

Even Peterson admitted that the notion that he ran down Hodges isn’t entirely accurate.

“I did not technically run him over. It could have been worse than that actually,” Peterson observed, according to a report on the team’s site.

“When I came through the hole, I saw him spin, so I wanted to give him more of a shove instead of lowering my shoulder … He’s been calling me out in one-on-ones, trying to get that lick back.”

At least the Vikings’ use of Adrian Peterson on social media wasn’t as tone-deaf as when they used him to promote the team’s “Family Day.”