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eden prairie, minn.» Nei­ther the Min­nesota Vik­ings nor Adrian Peter­son have been will­ing pub­licly to put a timetable on his po­ten­tial re­turn to the field nearly three months af­ter he tore the menis­cus in his right knee.

Peter­son made two points clear, though, in his first com­ments to re­porters since he got hurt. He is try­ing to get in po­si­tion to re­turn this sea­son, but if the Vik­ings are elim­i­nated from post­sea­son con­tention he wouldn’t come back and risk re-in­jury.

“For ob­vi­ous rea­sons,” Peter­son said Wed­nes­day. “I’m not re­ally go­ing to get into de­tails about that, but my vi­sion is mak­ing it to the play­offs. That’s what I be­lieve, and that’s what I have my eyes on right now.”

Peter­son rushed 31 times for a mere 50 yards in two games be­fore he went down Sept. 18. With­out the four-time all-pro run­ning back, the Vik­ings are last in the NFL in rush­ing with 72.4 yards per game and 3.0 yards per at­tempt.

• Vik­ings coach Mike Zim­mer said he’s “good to go” af­ter surgery to re­pair a de­tached retina last week, which forced him to miss the Thurs­day night game against Dal­las.

B east rutherford, n.j.» Gi­ants de­fen­sive end Ja­son Pierre-Paul is go­ing to miss the rest of the reg­u­lar sea­son af­ter surgery to re­pair a sports her­nia. The 27-yearold tweeted that he had surgery and was feel­ing well.

Pierre-Paul sus­tained the in­jury in the sec­ond quar­ter of Sun­day’s loss to the Pitts­burgh Steel­ers.

Gi­ants’ Pierre-Paul out for sea­son Foot­notes.

For­mer Cow­boys line­backer Dave Ed­wards died in his sleep Mon­day night at his home near Lake Whit­ney, Texas, about 65 miles south of Dal­las. He was 76. Ed­wards played for Dal­las from 1963 to 1975 and won one Su­per Bowl with the team and played in two oth­ers. … Coach Chip Kelly re­turned to the 49ers af­ter be­ing away for two days for his fa­ther’s fu­neral in Maine. Paul Kelly died at age 87 last Fri­day. The As­so­ci­ated Press

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