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BREAKING: Vikings Activate RB Adrian Peterson

It’s official, folks. The Minnesota Vikings have activated superstar running back Adrian Peterson, effectively making the running back eligible to play against the Indianapolis Colts during Week 15.He has missed the past 11 games due to a torn meniscus in his knee, which required was damaged to the point of

He has missed the past 11 games due to a torn meniscus in his knee, which was damaged to the point of requiring surgery on a second-half carry against the Green Bay during the team’s 17-14 victory over the Packers at U.S. Bank Stadium back in Week 2.

Peterson, who ranks 16th on the NFL’s all-time rushing yards list, announced over the radio on Friday afternoon that he was planning to return to the field this Sunday. While the news foreshadowed the team’s announcement today, the manner in which it was briefed by DJ Skee and the fact he had not yet been officially activated left room for the possibility of the Hall of Fame-caliber running back not making his return to the field this weekend.

https://twitter.com/djskee/status/809835220669112320

Peterson’s decision to disclose the news himself prior to the Vikings reportedly aggravated the team as well.

Nonetheless, Peterson has been activated officially activated, and there is a universal expectation the superstar running back will both start and play. His number of snaps and touches remain to be seen, however.

Official Press Release

Vikings Official Press Release

It was announced earlier this week that Peterson had resumed practicing, immediately grabbing headlines around the league. The running back is not listed on the team’s official injury report, however, limiting what is known regarding his practice participation throughout the week.

The Vikings, who have struggled to establish a consistent ground game in the wake of Peterson’s injury, currently rank dead last in the NFL in rushing yards (954), per-carry average (3.0) and per-game average (73.4). Minnesota also comes in at tied for 23rd in rushing touchdowns (8) and 29th in longest carry (29 yards) over the course of 323 attempts (tied 20th) spread between Sam Bradford, Matt Asiata, Jerick McKinnon, Ronnie Hillman, Zach Line, Cordarrelle Patterson, Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, Charles Johnson, Jarius Wright, Laquon Treadwell, Kyle Rudolph, Rhett Ellison and MyCole Pruitt.

Additionally, Football Outsiders‘ efficiency-measuring statistic DVOA ranks Minnesota’s rushing offense 29th in the league. Only Los Angeles, Tampa Bay and Jacksonville rank below the Vikings’ abysmal rushing attack.

Minnesota currently ranks 31st in the NFL in total yards (3,939) — which, if the season ended today, would be the lowest ranking since the team was established as an expansion team in 1961 — primarily due to the worst rushing attack in franchise history. Peterson’s return, while filled with drama, is expected to provide some level of an improvement to a rushing attack that has been both situationally and universally dreadful from start-to-finish this season.

Peterson returns to the 53-man roster having recorded 31 attempts for 50 rushing yards (1.6 average) and zero touchdowns in two appearances this season.

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  1. Think we’re going to need to score at least 27 points to win this game. I know our D is pretty darn good but just feel like Luck is going to hit some plays. That means Sammy needs to be on target..and protected well…at least somewhat. Need the WR’s to play well. Isn’t it about time Diggs has a great game?
    As far as AD, maybe a good idea to limit him. This offense seems like it is starting to get it going…no need to change things up.

    1. at least 27 is right, cc. good call

      to use the word ‘inauspicious’ is being kind in describing AD’s come back today. i know the 0-line sucks, but, my god, what a terrible clunker for the whole team. seems like we’re gonna get one a year from zim’s teams

    2. I feel like they tried to change things up a little bit on offense with Peterson… and paid for it.

  2. Well at least it was nice seeing AD back on the field to officially put an end to this disastrous season. Nice fumble AD!

    1. When he fumbled that ball all I could do was shrug and shake my head. Seemed like we almost should have expected that to happen.

  3. There’s NO FIRE IN THE BELLY!!! It was like – oh well, just another game, if we win OK, but if we lose – I’ll still get my check! Pathetic performance!!!!

    1. It really did feel that way, didn’t it? The Vikings were just dominated physically. And they’re pretty much a better team than the Colts on every level. They just got outworked and outplayed.

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