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Desperate for running-back help, Washington turn to veteran Peterson

The Washington Redskins have signed 12-year NFL vet Adrian Peterson.

Adrian Peterson
Adrian Peterson

ADRIAN PETERSON HAS found a new home in Washington.

The Redskins signed the veteran running back on Monday for what will be his 12th NFL season, 10 of which were spent with the Minnesota Vikings.

Peterson joined the New Orleans Saints last offseason, but he fell down the depth chart and was traded to the Arizona Cardinals, amassing 448 yards and two touchdowns on 129 carries.

He has reportedly received a one-year deal in Washington, with the Redskins requiring running back help after rookie Derrius Guice tore his anterior cruciate ligament during preseason.

“I’m elated. I’m so excited to have this opportunity,” Peterson told the team’s website. “It’s been a long time coming.

“I promise you I’m going to give you everything that I have inside. For me, I’m just happy to be part of a great organisation, a good team offensively and defensively and to run behind a great offensive line.”

The ‘Skins expected Derrius Guice to be the team’s top backfield threat until he was ruled out for the year, and lost two third-team backs – namely Samaje Perine and Byron Marshall – in Thursday’s victory over the New York Jets.

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