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Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson leaves the field during Thursday's preseason game against the Houston Texans. Associated Press.

Vikings relish fresh start as regular season begins


By Dave Campbell

AP Sports Writer

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings have transitioned to regular-season mode, beginning preparations for the opener at San Diego.

After a sunny practice Monday, the optimism of a fresh start seemed to reflect the weather. When the Vikings visit the Chargers on Sunday, they'll be formally free of all the distractions, disappointments and dysfunction that followed them last fall and winter.

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