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eden prairie, minn» Adrian Peter­son is re­turn­ing to prac­tice this week for the Min­nesota Vik­ings for the first time since tear­ing menis­cus in his right knee in Septem­ber.

Coach Mike Zim­mer says he ex­pects Peter­son to prac­tice all week. He is not sure if his star run­ning back will be avail­able to play the In­di­anapo­lis Colts this week­end.

Peter­son told a lo­cal web­site ear­lier this week that he is still tar­get­ing the game against Green Bay on Dec. 24 to make his re­turn to the field. He tore his menis­cus Sept. 18 against Green Bay and has missed the last 11 games.

Own­ers lack op­ti­mism

B irv­ing, texas » NFL Com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell isn’t say­ing whether he’s op­ti­mistic that San Diego and Oak­land can keep their teams, while In­di­anapo­lis owner Jim Ir­say con­sid­ers both fran­chises all but gone.

Dean Spanos of the Charg­ers and the Raiders’ Mark Davis weren’t talk­ing at the NFL own­ers meet­ing Wed­nes­day. And no new specifics were re­vealed by Good­ell a day af­ter city and county of­fi­cials in Oak­land agreed to open ne­go­ti­a­tions with an in­vest­ment group on a $1.3 bil­lion plan for a new sta­dium.

“The chal­lenges of get­ting sta­di­ums built is some­thing that we’ve worked very hard on,” Good­ell said. “We have not made great progress in Oak­land and San Diego. There is not a sta­dium pro­posal on the ta­ble that we think ad­dresses the long-term is­sues of the clubs and the com­mu­ni­ties.”

The Charg­ers face a Jan. 15 dead­line to de­cide whether to join the Rams in Los An­ge­les, part of a deal struck al­most a year ago when own­ers agreed to let the Rams leave St. Louis.

Car­di­nals re­lease Floyd

B tempe, ariz.» In an abrupt move that stunned his team­mates, the Car­di­nals re­leased wide re­ceiver Michael Floyd, two days af­ter the 2012 first-round draft pick was ar­rested on charges of driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence and fail­ure to obey a po­lice of­fi­cer.

Raiders look to re­bound

B alameda, calif.» Af­ter play­ing per­haps his worst game as a pro on the big­gest stage he’s had in three sea­sons in the NFL, Raiders quar­ter­back Derek Carr wanted to get back on the field the day af­ter his loss in Kansas City.

In­stead, Carr will have to wait 10 days for an­other shot when Oak­land (10-3) vis­its San Diego (5-8) on Sun­day.

De­spite that loss, the Raiders can clinch a play­off spot with a win against the Charg­ers and end a 13-year post­sea­son drought.

Rodgers sits out prac­tice

B green bay, wis.» Aaron Rodgers missed prac­tice to fo­cus on re­hab­bing his leg in­juries, a plan that coach Mike McCarthy says will likely stay in place for the quar­ter­back through prac­tice Thurs­day.

But signs point to Rodgers still be­ing ready to play Sun­day in Chicago.

Rodgers hurt his left ham­string a few weeks ago against the Philadel­phia Ea­gles. He hurt his right calf while throw­ing a 66yard touch­down pass to Da­vante Adams on the third play of Sun­day’s 38-10 vic­tory over the Seat­tle Sea­hawks.

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