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Peterson plans to be back in Week One

Adrian Peterson

Minnesota Vikings NFL football running back Adrian Peterson speaks to reporters a few weeks after he underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL and MCL on Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, in Eden Prairie, Minn. Peterson expressed optimism that he will be able to start the 2012 football season. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)


Vikings running back Adrian Peterson recently told KFAN that he plans to start running next week. On Tuesday, he told Dan Patrick that the objective remains suiting up in Week One.

“Right now my goal is to be back for the first regular-season game,” Peterson said.

Peterson reiterated that he’ll start “running and testing it out” on February 28.

When he returns, Peterson will have some new teammates. Barring a trade, one will be the third overall selection in the draft. And he’s not picky about whom they pick.

“We’re hurting in so many areas, offensively and defensive, we can’t go wrong,” Peterson said.