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Adrian Peterson Injury: Vikings RB Unhappy With Lack Of Carries In Return

Adrian Peterson returned from injury for the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday to carry just 10 times in a 42-20 loss to the New Orleans Saints. The All-Pro running back apparently expected a bit bigger role in his return.

Peterson spoke to the media on Monday about his lack of touches, and according to ESPN 1500's Judd Zulgad, the Vikings running back didn't seem pleased.

"I don't know how to explain 10 carries," said Peterson, who gained 60 yards on the ground and not catch a pass. "I don't know. I was ready to roll. I just do my job when I'm called upon. I go out there and try to execute. The game, we got behind, so we kind of had to turn more into a passing team but that didn't work either."

"They knew I had the injuries so maybe different plays they wanted to keep me out. I'm sure they didn't expect the game to get out of hand like it did. I'm sure they had a strategy in mind, too. Just unfortunately we got down ... when we did, it happened pretty quick so they had to switch it up."

If Peterson is able to rush for 105 more yards in the last two games of the season, the veteran running back will break Robert Smith's franchise record with 6,819 rushing yards in his career.

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