Tennessee Titans sign running back Adrian Peterson to active roster

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The Tennessee Titans signed veteran running back Adrian Peterson to their active roster, the team announced Friday.

The 36-year-old Peterson was initially signed to the Titans' practice squad on Tuesday, in hopes that he'd be part of the solution for Tennessee managing without star running back Derrick Henry, who's on injured reserve and out indefinitely with a foot injury.

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Titans coaches were noncommittal earlier this week on whether Peterson would be ready to play Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams (7:20 p.m. CT, NBC), but his activation indicates the practice week went smoothly.

A future Hall of Famer, Peterson ranks fifth in NFL history with 14,820 career rushing yards. With the Vikings in 2012, when he was named MVP, Peterson rushed for 2,097 yards, the second highest single-season total in league history.

Peterson is one of eight players all-time to rush for 2,000 yards in a season. Henry is also part of that group.

The Titans had signed Peterson to the practice squad as a free agent. He played with the Detroit Lions last season, leading the team with 156 carries and 604 rushing yards.

In 2014, Peterson played just one game after being suspended and charged with felony child abuse for disciplining his then 4-year-old son with a wooden switch. He later pleaded no-contest on a lesser charge of misdemeanor reckless assault.

Peterson missed 13 games with a meniscus tear in his knee in 2016.

Ben Arthur covers the Tennessee Titans for The USA TODAY Network. Contact him at barthur@gannett.com and follow him on Twitter at @benyarthur.

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