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Despite his past success, it’s a big risk to draft Adrian Peterson less than nine months after major knee surgery. (Associated Press)

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associated press Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson is helped off the field Dec. 24 after sustaining a knee injury against the Redskins at FedEx Field. Peterson had major surgery a week later.

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Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson is helped off the field Dec. 24 after sustaining a knee injury against the Redskins at FedEx Field. Peterson had major surgery a week later. (Associated Press)

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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was arrested Saturday on a charge of resisting arrest. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was arrested Saturday on a charge of resisting arrest. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) is helped off the field after an injury during the second half against Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) scores a second quarter touchdown at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., on Saturday, December 24, 2011. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)

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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) scores on a 1 yard a touchdown at the start of the second quarter as the Washington Redskins take on the Minnesota Vikings at Fedex Field, Landover, MD, Saturday, December 24, 2011. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) is stopped by Washington Redskins inside linebacker London Fletcher (59) on a run in the first quarter as the Washington Redskins take on the Minnesota Vikings at Fedex Field, Landover, MD, Saturday, December 24, 2011. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

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Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson breaks away for a 39-yard run during the first half against the New Orleans Saints Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2011, file photo, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is carted off the field after getting injured during the first half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Minneapolis. Peterson is still recovering from a sprained left ankle and has missed the last two games. But last Sunday, the Vikings gained a season-high 498 yards and 27 first downs without him. (AP Photo/Andy King, File)

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The Minnesota Vikings agreed to a seven-year contract extension with Adrian Peterson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid, File)

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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) scores a touchdown as Washington Redskins safety Reed Doughty hangs on during the first half of an NFL football game in Landover, Md., Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivias)

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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) scores a touchdown as Washington Redskins safety Reed Doughty hangs on during the first half of an NFL football game in Landover, Md., Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivias)