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Adrian Peterson back at practice

Updated: December 8, 2011, 5:48 PM ET
Associated Press

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson returned to practice Thursday on a limited basis, a big step toward healing from a sprained left ankle.

Quarterback Christian Ponder, however, didn't practice as he nurses a right hip pointer that is jeopardizes his chance to play Sunday at Detroit.

Peterson has missed the last two games with his injury, but he made significant strides in cutting and planting on his foot without pain.

"It was really encouraging ...

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