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Vikings: Adrian Peterson 'on target' for Week 1 return

The Vikings say nothing is set in stone, but injured running back Adrian Peterson is on target for a Week 1 return in 2012 following surgery on his torn ACL.
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The Vikings say nothing is set in stone, but injured running back Adrian Peterson is on target for a Week 1 return in 2012 following surgery on his torn ACL.

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