No pain: Adrian Peterson still pushing himself to 'unlock' his destiny
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By John KeimESPN Staff Writer

ASHBURN, Va. -- To understand why the Washington Redskins' Adrian Peterson still thinks he can be a top running back, you need to understand his mindset. That, of course, is difficult for most people to do.

Most people haven’t run for more than 12,000 yards in the NFL. Most people haven’t recovered from a torn ACL near the end of one season and run for more than 2,000 the next. Nor have most people accomplished that feat while playing half that season with a sports hernia.

Those who know him understand this mindset. Yes, Peterson is 33 years old, but for them he’s just not someone you question. Peterson says he can still play at a high level; they believe him. In the season opener at Arizona, Peterson -- in a new offense -- rushed for 96 yards.

He makes his regular-season home debut at FedEx Field on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. That is the stadium where Peterson tore his ACL on Christmas Eve in 2011, yet somehow it put him on a path to a near-NFL record season in 2012. And it’s where he once more tries to defy...

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