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Another big-name running back has hit the open market as training camp wraps up and roster sizes dwindle. 

The Washington Football Team released Adrian Peterson, the club announced Friday morning.

Peterson played in all but one game over the past two seasons for Washington. The 13-year veteran has amassed 14,216 career rushing yards, fifth on the all-time rushing list. The 35-year-old is second on the active rushing list behind Frank Gore of the New York Jets. 

Last season, Peterson carried the ball 211 times for 898 yards and five touchdowns after a 1,000-yard campaign in 2018. 

The move, made under first-year coach Ron Rivera, leaves Washington with Antonio Gibson, J.D. McKissic, Peyton Barber and Bryce Love as the running backs left on the roster. 

We have released RB Adrian Peterson.

— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) September 4, 2020

The club picked up Peterson’s option for 2020 in February, with Rivera saying in a release at the time “Adrian Peterson is the epitome of what it means to be a pro in this league.” 

Peterson spent the first 10 seasons of his career with the Minnesota Vikings, where he made seven Pro Bowls and earned four first-team All-Pro selections. On Thursday, reports from Washington camp said Peterson worked on a side field with the training staff during practice. 

Earlier this week, the Jacksonville Jaguars moved on from 2017 No. 4 overall pick Leonard Fournette. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have since added him to their roster. 


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