Zimmer declined to talk about Peterson's rehab but said he's on his normal routine and added he did run before today. Zimmer said he didn't know when Peterson would be back at practice. December was the timetable when Peterson was going to return, but it's hard to say if he's close to returning to practice without input from the team. It's definitely worth monitoring and if Peterson is floating around on your wire, maybe he's worth a stash.
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson got the go-ahead to do light running as part of his rehab from surgery to repair a torn meniscus earlier this month and it appears that went well because Peterson’s workload has expanded this week.
Peterson was seen running short sprints on a side field by multiple Vikings reporters while the rest of the team went through their preparations for Thursday’s game against the Cowboys. Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Vikings head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman watched Peterson closely before the two men went back into the team’s facility.
December has been the target for Peterson’s return to action if he’s physically able to do it and there’s been no word from the team about how likely that may be, the story said.
The Minnesota Vikings have had many struggles as of late, but none bigger than the run game. With averaging just 2.7 yards per carry, the Vikes could really use their future Pro Football Hall of Fame running back. That may be sooner than anticipated, as Adrian Peterson has resumed light running and is now eligible for the team to activate from the IR.
Minnesota has found it hard to find offensive success during their 4 game losing streak and their run game has been no help. Without a solid run game, a good passing game is near impossible. Unfortunately, the Vikings are finding that out the hard way.
Without the presence of a run game, defenders can blitz QB Sam Bradford at will and not worry about a late hand-off or pitch. Due to this, Bradford has been hit a lot and is now forced to release the football a lot earlier than he wants to, the story all said. As of now, the only thing the story knew Peterson is running again, according to NBC Sports, but that is a huge step towards a possible early December.
Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon, who along with Matt Asiata has been trying to fill the void created by the indefinite absence of Adrian Peterson, has an ankle injury that could keep him from playing on Monday night. McKinnon nevertheless remains intent on playing.
“I’m not trying to miss games,” McKinnon said, via the team’s official website. “I’ve been doing whatever . . . the training staff have had me doing to make sure my ankle is getting stronger.”
He injured the ankle in Sunday’s loss to the Eagles.
Via the Associated Press, McKinnon shed a walking boot on Friday, but he still didn’t practice. If McKinnon can’t play or is limited, the Vikings would give more reps to Ronnie Hillman, who signed with the Vikings after Peterson suffered his Week Two knee injury, with Matt Asiata also a big factor the story said.
Friday, September 23, 2016, 6:21pm
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 3. With Peterson out for the year, Jerick McKinnon is expected to start and see the most touches, though Matt Asiata will be heavily involved, especially around the goal line. McKinnon (toe) took full practice reps all week.
Thursday, September 22, 2016, 6:07pm
Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (toe) took full practice reps again Thursday. With Adrian Peterson (knee) out for the year, McKinnon is expected to start and see the most touches, though Matt Asiata will be heavily involved, especially around the goal line.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 6:15pm
Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (toe) practiced fully Wednesday. With Adrian Peterson (knee) out for the year, McKinnon is expected to start and see the most touches, though Matt Asiata will be heavily involved, especially around the goal line.
Peterson has what is known as "bucket handle tear." I'm told that's a minimum of 3-4 months out and up 6 months usually.
This is not a trim, but a full repair, which is why he's going to be out so long. Jerick McKinnon is likely to start with a healthy dose of Matt Asiata on third down (due to his superior pass protection), around the goal line and late in games, as he serves as the team's closer. (Asiata saw seven touches while McKinnon saw only two with the Vikings nursing a lead in Week 2.) Both players are good additions this week, though the Vikings' running game has yet to have much success this year. For a breakdown about how McKinnon and Asiata split the work with Peterson sidelined in 2014, be sure to check out John Paulsen's article on the subject.
Mike Zimmer to @DanBarreiroKFAN on Adrian Peterson: "He's got a torn meniscus." Timetable uncertain at this point. Vikings
Adam Schefter added that Zimmer did not rule Peterson out for Week 3, though that would be pretty surprising. Meniscus tears typically require surgery with a recovery of 2-4 weeks if it's a simple trim. So that's the timeline that we're working with right now. Waiver Wire Watch for Week 3 will be up soon, but be sure to check out John Paulsen's article to get an idea of how the Minnesota RB touches will be distributed while Peterson is sidelined. In short, Jerick McKinnon is the priority add, but Matt Asiata may return better value given his lower FAAB cost, especially in standard formats where his goal line touches are at a premium. More from our injury expert Russell Manalastas: " I'd be very pessimistic about him playing this week. Location of tear and size of tear really determines whether or not a player can return from a tear without needing surgery. Could he play with the tear? Sure, if his knee doesn't lock up on him and it doesn't cause more pain than he's already experiencing. But risk of doing additional damage could be a concern as well."
A knee injury knocked Adrian Peterson out of the Vikings’ 17-14 win over Green Bay in the third quarter on Sunday night.
After the game, Peterson was on crutches in the locker room with a black brace supporting his right knee. Head coach Mike Zimmer said Peterson would undergo a magnetic resonance imaging scan on Monday morning. Asked if the injury might be serious, Zimmer said “it could,” but reiterated the MRI would be needed to know the extent of the damage.
“He might miss a week, I don’t know if he will or not,” Zimmer said. “Whatever it was has calmed down now, so we’ll see.”
Peterson struggled with 19 yards on 12 carries when he was on the field, another subpar fantasy performance. While we'll continue to monitor for updates, Zimmer's timetable of possibly missing a week seems somewhat encouraging but it looks like owners should have a backup plan. Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata would fill in for Peterson if he misses time with McKinnon seeming like the better option as a fantasy replacement.
Friday, September 16, 2016, 6:38pm
Thursday, September 15, 2016, 6:05pm
Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 8:02pm
Friday, September 9, 2016, 5:48pm
Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (foot, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice Thursday and is questionable for Week 1. The midweek downgrade is typically a bad sign. If McKinnon is out, Adrian Peterson would likely see a few extra snaps on third team unless the team decides to insert Matt Asiata into that role.
Thursday, September 8, 2016, 7:04pm
Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (foot) missed practice Thursday after taking limited reps Wednesday. The midweek downgrade is typically a bad sign. If McKinnon is out, Adrian Peterson would likely see a few extra snaps on third team unless the team decides to insert Matt Asiata into that role.
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