NEW YORK – Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson disputed a report that the re-injuring of his left collarbone in January will keep him from participating in offseason workouts once he joins an NFL club.
In addition, Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, said it was unlikely that Peterson would require surgery on the collarbone, but the ultimate decision would be left to the doctor of the team drafts that Peterson. Peterson is still considered the top running back available in this weekend's NFL draft.
SI.com reported Wednesday that Peterson would be unable to participate in offseason minicamps leading up to training camp at the end of July.
"I went back in March to get it rechecked [by the NFL]," Peterson said. … "Everything came back looking good. In the process, no red flags were raised at all. It was something that they look for it to be healed shortly."
Even though Peterson said he would require no further surgery, Dogra believes it's a possibility.
"If a team thinks they need to have a plate put in there for his long-term good, that might happen, but I think that's probably unlikely," Dogra said. "Really, nothing has changed at all about the situation. Adrian told people back in February at the [NFL scouting] combine that surgery was possible, but not likely.
"All the teams that are in the top 10 that are interested have said they don't think he'll need [surgery]."
According to the SI.com report, Peterson, who first hurt the collarbone against Iowa State in October, re-injured it against Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl in January. Peterson said he tweaked the collarbone, but didn't break his collarbone again.
A source from a team drafting in the top 10 said the franchise would not push Peterson down its draft board because of injury concerns.
The Cleveland Browns, who have the No. 3 overall pick, have expressed strong interest in Peterson and he is still expected to be one of the top 10 selections on Saturday.