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Cardinals acquire Adrian Peterson in a trade with the Saints

New Orleans Saints running back Adrian Peterson gives a thumbs-up to photographers as he walks off t
Adrian Peterson ran for 81 yards in 27 carries with the New Orleans Saints this season.
(Matt Dunham / Associated Press)

The Arizona Cardinals, with the worst rushing game in the NFL, have acquired running back Adrian Peterson from the New Orleans Saints in exchange for an undisclosed 2018 draft pick.

The 32-year-old Peterson has rushed for 11,828 yards and 97 touchdowns in his 10-plus pro seasons. The four-time All-Pro and seven-time Pro Bowl selection signed with the Saints during the offseason after spending his first 10 NFL seasons with the Minnesota Vikings.

Peterson has played sparingly with little success for New Orleans. He’s gained 81 yards in 27 carries, an average of three yards per attempt with a long run of 11.

The Cardinals (2-3) are averaging a league-worst 51.8 yards rushing per game and 2.6 yards per carry. Their leading rusher, Chris Johnson, has 114 yards on 45 carries, a 2.5 yard average.

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