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Vikes’ Peterson wants to play special teams too

  • Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, left, runs from Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Genevieve Ross)

    Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, left, runs from Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Genevieve Ross)

  • Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) runs from Green Bay Packers inside linebacker Brad Jones (59) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Genevieve Ross)

    Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) runs from Green Bay Packers inside linebacker Brad Jones (59) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Genevieve Ross)

  • Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, left, runs from Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Genevieve Ross)
  • Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) runs from Green Bay Packers inside linebacker Brad Jones (59) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Genevieve Ross)

Adrian Peterson has done plenty over the years for the Minnesota Vikings and he has never publicly balked at taking on even more responsibility.

How about special teams? Of course, he’d love to do that, too.

Peterson said yesterday he has been lobbying to be on the field-goal block team. He also said he “wouldn’t mind getting back there” as a kickoff returner, a role he held occasionally as a rookie but not since 2008.

Approval from Coach Leslie Frazier is unlikely. But special teams coordinator Mike Priefer says there is “absolutely an opportunity” for Peterson to return a kickoff if the Vikings are searching for a spark in a desperation situation at the end of a game.

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