NORMAN — Adrian Peterson says he wasn't playing office politics earlier this month when he skipped four practices and three days of the Minnesota Vikings' mini-camp.
Wasn't trying to make a statement that if quarterback Brett Favre could skip virtually everything but the season, what's wrong with a weekend off.
Peterson skipped the mandatory mini-camp to attend Adrian Peterson Day in his hometown of Palestine, Texas. Viking coach Brad Childress expressed his displeasure.
But Peterson said the whole situation was "bad timing. But it worked out. Everything's OK. It's behind me. In the past."
Peterson said he had spoken with both Childress and Viking owner Zygi Wilf, and everything is smoothed over.
Favre didn't even join the Vikings until last Aug. 19 and hasn't been with the team since losing the NFC title game. But Favre will be welcomed back as the quarterback if he decides to play a 20th NFL season.
"It had nothing to do with Brett Favre," Peterson said. "If anyone deserves leeway, it's Brett Favre. I'm not on the same level as him."