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Adrian Peterson Says He is Returning to Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson runs across the field before an NFL preseason game against the Houston Texans in Minneapolis on Aug. 9, 2013. (Genevieve Ross/AP Photo)
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson runs across the field before an NFL preseason game against the Houston Texans in Minneapolis on Aug. 9, 2013. (Genevieve Ross/AP Photo)

(Los Angeles Times) – Adrian Peterson may have a had frosty relationship with the Minnesota Vikings’ brass, but that isn’t stopping him from returning to the practice field.

Peterson took part in voluntary organized team activities with the Vikings for the first time this off-season Tuesday. He hadn’t put on a Vikings uniform since September, when he left the team to address child-abuse charges.

“What it came down to was getting back in the game,” Peterson said in an afternoon newsconference at Winter Park. “I’ve been working on keeping my body in shape. It came down to getting back in the building, being around my teammates, being around the coaches …. I reached out and kind of gave them the heads up that I’ll be in town and I’ll be here.

“I didn’t address the team at all … the guys that know me, they addressed me and I addressed them. It was family. It was different because I hadn’t been in the building for a long time, but the love was there.”

Coach Mike Zimmer addressed the media as well.

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