Redskins sign seven-time Pro Bowler Adrian Peterson

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But that was then.

Adrian Peterson believes he's a hell of a mentor - and proved that in New Orleans - but it's obvious he wants a shot at real playing time in Washington.

Peterson joins a running back group that has been depleted by injuries through the team's first two preseason games.

Still, taking a flyer on Peterson could be worth it for the Redskins.

Washington needed help at running back after Derrius Guice, the team's second-round draft pick, tore his ACL in the preseason opener against New England last week (Guice underwent surgery on Monday to fix the ligament) and was lost for the season.

Perine is likely to miss one week, with Marshall out two to four weeks, according to reports. Undrafted free agent Martez Cartez was also waived with a leg injury.

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Although coach Jay Gruden initially ruled out the idea of importing a mercenary veteran when Guice went down, he realized he was facing dire straits with Perine and Marshall out and receiving specialist Chris Thompson still working his way back from a broken fibula.

Kelley has rushed 11 times for 23 yards with a long run of 5 in the preseason so far.

"But if he's coming in here and they sign him, he's coming in to help". But he complained publicly about his role right away, and was traded to the Arizona Cardinals after averaging three yards per carry over four games.

"I'm super excited", Williams said of Peterson signing. On the other hand, the running back rushed for less than 3.5 yards per carry in six of his 10 games a year ago.

Peterson, who was suspended in 2014 after he was charged with child abuse, ranks No. 12 on the NFL's all-time rushing list with 12,276 yards. He was also upset with the lack of work near season's end and wanted the team to release him. That's why the organization drafted Guice and was pleased with Kelley returning in better shape.

"I'm elated. I'm so excited to have this opportunity", Peterson told the team's website.

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