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(Associated Press) Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is carried off the field after suffering a left knee injury during the third quarter in a game against the Washington Redskins Saturday in Landover, Md.

Vikes: Peterson should be ready for 2012 opener

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EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- The athletic abilities of star running back Adrian Peterson led the Minnesota Vikings to give him a seven-year, $100 million contract extension before the season started.

Now, they hope his recuperative abilities are just as good and he is able to live up to being the highest-paid running back in the NFL.

Minnesota expects Peterson to be recovered from left knee surgery for two torn ligaments in time to start the 2012 season.

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