LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) _ Former Georgia Southern running back
Adrian Peterson is not as well known as the rookie with the same
name, who leads the NFL in rushing for the Minnesota Vikings.
But the veteran Adrian Peterson, a third-down specialist this
season whose career has developed on special teams, is going to
have an impact, too -- at least for the Bears.
He'll get a chance to start in the backfield for just the second
time Sunday when Chicago faces the New York Giants at Soldier
With Cedric Benson finished for the season and placed on injured
reserve with an ankle injury, the Bears will count on Peterson.
They have to.
His only other start came in 2003 and now he'll be the Number
One guy for the remainder of the season. It's been a long wait for
the sixth-round draft pick out of Georgia Southern in 2002.
Peterson says the role is the same as a starter, but it's not
quite. He'll be in the game more and get a chance to develop a
rhythm for an offense that has struggled running the ball all
Peterson has gained 189 yards on 52 carries and caught 33
passes, tied for second most on the team. He's also a reliable
blocker in protection. That is a must for Bears quarterback Rex
Grossman, who is facing a Giants defense that has 38 sacks.
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