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Goessling: Peterson-Zimmer bond prevailed

Adrian Peterson's strong relationship with Vikings coach Mike Zimmer was the driving force behind the star running back's decision to return to the team.

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PFF: Watt No. 1 in rank of top 10 pass-rushers

Which pass-rushers will have the best seasons in 2015? Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus projects the top 10, leading off with J.J. Watt and rounding out the list with a first-round rookie.

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Williamson: Top 100 dynasty players

Matt Williamson prepares you for your dynasty draft with his updated ranking of the top 100 players.

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Katz: Identifying impact fantasy rookies

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Peterson concludes news conference

"I love all my kids with all my heart. I'd run through a brick wall for them. ... There's nothing I wouldn't do for them," Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said to close today's session.

Peterson 'happy' with Vikings

"I like what they represent as a team, [this is] a hungry team, with a great young quarterback [Teddy Bridgewater]," Adrian Peterson said. The Vikings RB is answering questions on SportsCenter. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Peterson on his son: "The relationship is good. I made a mistake. I know a lot of people don't view it that way. My son knows I love him."

Adrian Peterson answers questions

The Vikings RB was asked who, if anyone, he apologized to: "The first person that I apologized to was my son ... it wasn't my intentions [to hurt him], and I've been trying to move forward since." Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Peterson on why he came in this week: " basically I wanted to" . The game is hard to resist

Peterson: "Learned a lot from my mistake'

"I'm moving forward. I'm focused on what's in front of me and bettering myself as a person and professionally as a player," Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said on SportsCenter. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

Zimmer, Peterson address media

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said on SportsCenter that he supports and welcomes back RB Adrian Peterson. Peterson is scheduled to speak momentarily. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Zimmer said Peterson will have do some work to get caught up, but "there's not a prettier sight than when he's got the ball in his hands."

Niners fullback pleads no contest

Bruce Miller must attend 16 weeks of domestic violence counseling following his no-contest plea to a misdemeanor disturbing the peace charge. Miller was arrested March 5 after an argument with his ex-fiancée.

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Giants OTAs today were not open to media. Official recap of practice on team’s site makes no mention of Odell Beckham Jr.

Wes Welker open to return to Patriots

Said the free-agent WR, who had a messy divorce from the team in 2012: "I wouldn't be opposed to it. It's a great organization, obviously, and a great team. It wouldn't be the worst situation in the world." (via 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston)

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Welker-Pats reunion not impossible

RB LeGarrette Blount and LB Brandon Spikes returned after messy exits. Could WR Wes Welker? Mike Reiss' take: "I would say right now it's unlikely, but ... a couple injuries and that picture can be dramatically altered."

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Why Adrian Peterson reported today

Ben Goessling explains: "He decided it was time to come in and get back to work. I think he realizes he's going to be [in Minnesota], and if he's going to be here, he might as well put his best foot forward and try to help this team win."

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Roger Goodell will hear Tom Brady appeal

The NFL commissioner informed the NFLPA today that he would not honor their request for a recusal: "Based on the unambiguous language of CBA, as well as common sense, I conclude none of the arguments advanced by the NFLPA has merit."

Jets guard's message for Geno Smith

Said Willie Colon: "Geno has made his mistakes. ... But I think now ... we bought the Porsche, we've given him the keys, he can't crash it. Bottom line, he can't crash it. We need him to be on top of his game. We're doing everything we can as an offensive line to make him comfortable back there." (via SiriusXM NFL Radio)