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Peterson To Start Vs. Giants

Adrian Peterson makes the second start of his six-year NFL career against the visiting New York Giants this Sunday.  The 2002 sixth-round draft pick from Georgia Southern assumes the job that belonged to Cedric Benson, who suffered a season-ending ankle injury in last Sunday’s overtime win against the Denver Broncos.  Benson will require surgery.  Peterson concedes it’s a great opportunity, but say’s he’s more interested in helping the Bears earn a NFC wild card berth than reflecting on what it means to become the team’s starting running back.  So far this season, Peterson has rushed for 189 yards and two TDs on 52 carries, and has caught 33 passes for 253 yards.  Peterson has more than doubled his career receiving totals this season and his 290 receiving yards since the 2006 finale are tied for the sixth most by a running back in the NFL.  The 5-10, 210-pounder is also an excellent pass blocker.

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