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NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings runs the ball against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Adrian Peterson and Maurice Jones-Drew's common bonds as star running backs have allowed the two to develop a friendship over the years.The two were keeping a close eye on the other's situation this offseason as Peterson, the Minnesota Vikings' record-breaking back, was attempting a comeback from major knee surgery and Jones-Drew, the Jacksonville Jaguars' league-leading rusher, was embroiled in a nasty contract dispute.The two didn't talk during Jones-Drew's 38-day holdout, but they were aware of the latest happenings with each other. After all, as running backs in what's become known as a passing league, they are fighting to show offenses can still be built around workhorse running backs."Obviously, as running backs we have to stick together because everybody's trying to devalue us or say we're not this or we're not that, which is pretty funny," Jones-Drew said.Curiously enough, with Peterson's Vikings host Jones-Drew's Jaguars in the regular-season opener on ...
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