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RB Peterson finally dons pads for Vikings NFL NOTEBOOK


February 16. 2013 4:26PM


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MANKATO, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has taken another important step forward in his recovery from reconstructive surgery on his left knee: taking part in his first full-pads practice.


Peterson was finally cleared for full activity Tuesday. He carried the ball only a handful of times in full team drills with the first team offense, and he wasn't touched by the defense.


That was the mandate from the coaching staff, to protect the Vikings star at all costs. Peterson said the precaution was unnecessary. He had a big smile on his face for much of the afternoon, except when he unsuccessfully lobbied the coaches to take a couple more snaps.


This was the first time since his injury last Dec. 24 he put shoulder pads on.


Green Bay Packers

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings has been sidelined since he sustained a concussion Aug. 3 and it's not clear when he'll be able to practice again.


Jennings got a concussion in the Packers' "Family Night" scrimmage and hasn't been on the field since.


Chicago Bears

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and still hopes to be ready for the season opener.


The Bears said that Urlacher had an arthroscopic debridement procedure on Tuesday morning to help relieve swelling in the knee and was back at training camp by 10 a.m. He missed the offseason training program after spraining the medial collateral ligament and partially spraining the posterior cruciate ligament in the final game last year against Minnesota.


New York Giants

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Giants defensive tackle Shaun Rogers is being treated for a blood clot in his left calf.


The Giants announced Tuesday that the 12-year veteran was seen by orthopedic surgeon Russell Warren and vascular surgeon John Karwowaki on Monday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.


Rogers experienced swelling in his lower leg after playing in the preseason opener Friday. He missed practice Sunday and Monday.


The Super Bowl champions did not say how long he would be sidelined, but New Jersey Devils defenseman Henrik Tallinder missed a couple of months this past NHL season after developing a blood clot in his leg.


Pittsburgh Steelers

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers have activated offensive tackle Max Starks from the physically unable to perform list and waived running back John Clay.


Starks, signed by the Steelers just before the start of training camp, missed the first two weeks of practice while rehabbing from a torn ACL in his right knee. The eight-year veteran is expected to battle for the starting left tackle spot.


Clay, who scored a touchdown in his first NFL carry last season, was carted off the field following practice on Sunday.


The Steelers filled Clay's roster spot by signing former Illinois running back Jason Ford.


New York Jets

CORTLAND, N.Y. — Former NFL quarterback Chad Pennington says the New York Jets can succeed with Tim Tebow and the wildcat-style package in their offense this season.


Pennington would certainly know. The former Jets quarterback made it work in Miami, when he played with the Dolphins under current New York offensive coordinator Tony Sparano.


He says Tuesday that Tebow "adds another threat" because he can throw the ball down the field or run it, making it difficult on defenses.




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