With Peterson likely (but not certain) to be reinstated by a league appeals officer, Harold Henderson, next week, the ball would be in Minnesota’s court as to whether to activate him for the final three games of the year. We’ll hear lots about it this weekend, including whether the Vikings’ coaching side is on the same page with the Vikings’ front-office.
King is typically plugged in, so we tend to believe his take on this murky situation. Peterson could be reinstated for Week 15 if he wins his appeal and the team welcomes him back. Jerick McKinnon has been out with a back injury, so the Vikings are shorthanded at running back. We can certainly see a path for Peterson to play this season, but we don't know how willing the franchise is to risk bringing him back, especially when there isn't much to play for.