MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Adrian Peterson is returning to the Minnesota Vikings, and the star running back tells The Associated Press that he hasn't lost his love for the team.

Peterson sent an e-mail to the AP early Tuesday morning saying he's excited to put on a uniform again after missing the final 15 games of last season while addressing child abuse charges in Texas. The Vikings open their second set of three voluntary practices on Tuesday.

Peterson skipped all three practices last week. He tells the AP that he had a family commitment that caused him to be absent. But he tweeted last week that he was looking for more long-term security. He tells the AP that "it's normal procedure for any player in my position to want to secure his future."

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