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Peterson: 'I feel like I'm going to come back better'

Adrian Peterson addressed the media today for the first time since tearing his ACL and MCL in his left knee on Christmas Eve. It was the first time off crutches, but his knee was still in a heavy brace. Peterson says he feels like he is "going to come back better than before."
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Adrian Peterson addressed the media today for the first time since tearing his ACL and MCL in his left knee on Christmas Eve. It was the first time off crutches, but his knee was still in a heavy brace. Peterson says he feels like he is "going to come back better than before."

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