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Minnesota Vikings running back Toby Gerhart, left, runs against the San Francisco 49ers during the second quarter of a preseason game Aug. 22, 2010 in San Francisco. Associated Press

Gerhart still lurks in Peterson’s long shadow

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MANKATO (AP) — Toby Gerhart is as good as new.

In the modern NFL, that’s as important of an attribute as any, especially in the case of a guy like Gerhart whose participation in games for the Minnesota Vikings has been sporadic at best. Being Adrian Peterson’s backup is far from the glamour roles around this league, but the former Stanford star and second-round draft pick has done his best to maintain perspective and optimism despite an inevitable dissatisfaction with his status.

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