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Redskins sign veteran back Adrian Peterson

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Washington Redskins had a dilemma on their hands. They needed to add a new running back.

The speculation was that they were going to wait until after training camp to add a back for the season. However, instead of waiting to make the move in question, they struck on Monday to add free agent Adrian Peterson.

Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson warms up before an NFL game

Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson (Getty Images)

“I’m excited,” Peterson said in a statement. “It’s been a long offseason but I’ve been keeping my body in shape and [I’m] ready for this opportunity. So when this opportunity presented itself, I was just excited.”

In the first two preseason games, the team lost Derrius Guice, Samaje Perine, and Byron Marshall to injuries. Guice is lost for the season with a torn ACL.

In addition, Chris Thompson is still recovering from a broken fibula.

The team had Peterson, Jamaal Charles, and Orleans Darkwa in for a workout. Rob Kelley is still expected to be the team’s starting back.

“We’ve had very [unlucky] situations with our running backs,” Gruden explained. “If something else happens, we are going be really, really, really thin. We want to make sure we’re covering all our bases right now.”

Peterson was released by the Cardinals in March. He spent last season with the Cardinals and the New Orleans Saints, before being traded to Arizona.

“I would be lying to you if I said [the offseason] wasn’t tough, because you’re human,” Peterson said. “I’ve seen guys come through that door and guys go through this process. I had a great appreciation for it. But me knowing what I had left in the tank, that was the only thing bothering me. But I knew in due time the opportunity would present itself.”

He made six starts with the Cardinals. He had 129 carries for 448 yards and two touchdowns.

With the Saints, he was an after though behind Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara. He appeared in four games, including one start, and had 27 carries for 81 yards.

In a decade with the Minnesota Vikings, he appeared in 123 games, including 116 starts. He had 2,418 carries for 11,747 yards and 97 touchdowns.

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