Peterson turns 32 in March, so it remains to be seen how much gas he has left in the tank at this point in his career. He gained just 72 yards on 37 carries (1.9 YPC) in 2016, but gained 1,485 yards (4.5 YPC) the year before.
Peterson would not say Monday whether he would entertain a smaller deal from the Vikings, who have a team option on the running back for 2017 that includes a $11.75 million base salary and $6 million roster bonus. He sounded more open to the possibility than he has in the past but stopped short of saying he would accept less money from the Vikings after missing 13 games following a torn meniscus in September.
The Vikings have to decide on Peterson's 2017 option by the start of the league year, and they would owe him the $6 million roster bonus if he was on the team by the third day of the league year. A restructured deal, then, would need to be completed sometime before the new league year begins on March 9.
Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm
Friday, December 23, 2016, 5:51pm
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee, groin, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 16. With Peterson out, it's a clear bump for Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata, who will form their usual committee in the backfield. McKinnon has been trending up of late, averaging 15.0 touches for 65 yards and 0.2 touchdowns in his last five games. Asiata has been dealing with an ankle injury but isn't on the injury report this week. Prior to Peterson's return in Week 15, Asiata had a rushing touchdown in four of his five previous games.
It's a clear bump for McKinnon and Asiata, who will form their usual committee in the backfield. McKinnon has been trending up of late, averaging 15.0 touches for 65 yards and 0.2 touchdowns in his last five games. Asiata has been dealing with an ankle injury but isn't on the injury report this week. Prior to Peterson's return in Week 15, Asiata had a rushing touchdown in four of his five previous games.
Thursday, December 22, 2016, 6:27pm
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee, groin) missed practice again Thursday. Peterson looks iffy for Saturday’s game against the Packers. If he can’t play, Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata would resume their committee.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 6:42pm
The Vikings announced Peterson’s status upgrade Saturday. Defensive tackle Toby Johnson was waived to make room for Peterson.
Peterson was aiming for a return Dec. 24 against the Green Bay Packers, but after three practices this week, he declared he was “ready to roll.” The story said he plans to wear a knee brace, but it isn’t clear how much Peterson will play. We don't think Peterson is likely to jump into a full workload, but it's hard to imagine the team not using him in the red zone which makes him an upgrade over any of their other options at RB.
Friday, December 16, 2016, 6:08pm
Vikings RB Matt Asiata (ankle, questionable) missed practice Friday after taking full reps Thursday and is questionable for Week 15. Asiata would normally be a Sneaky Start in a good matchup against the Colts, but the apparent return of Adrian Peterson and the ankle injury makes him a far less attractive play.
The original plan was to practice this week and return to game action in Week 16, so this is a surprise. We'll update our rankings shortly, but hopefully we'll get more information about his potential workload over the weekend. HC Mike Zimmer expressed some concern about how quickly Peterson will get back into the flow: "We’ll have to see where he is at with his conditioning. There’s so many things to figure out. I think he’s in pretty good shape but he hasn’t sat in meetings for three months. There’s a lot of things to consider." This doesn't sound like someone who will immediately see his full workload. The Vikings have struggled to run the ball this year, but he should be an upgrade over Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata, and he has a favorable matchup against the Colts.
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said last week that he would shelve his plans to return to action this season if the Vikings lost two straight games to drop out of contention for a playoff spot, but the Vikings were able to come up with their second win in their last eight games against the Jaguars last Sunday.
As a result, he says his plans to get back on the field are moving forward. During an interview with DJ Skee on DashRadio.com, Peterson said that he intends to join the team at practice this week.
“I plan on practicing this week to really get my legs under me and get a good feel on where I’m at,” Peterson said. “So, this week is going to be big for me. My plan, and my vision, is to be back for the Green Bay game [on December 24]. That’s what I’m envisioning. Of course, the perfect scenario would be we win out and I’m able to rest up for three weeks, and be ready for the playoffs. That’s the perfect scenario. But I’ll be out there this week practicing, and I’ll go from there.”
Peterson hopes to play in Week 16, which will be the finals finals for a lot of leagues. He may not get a full workload, but could be used in the red zone making him an interesting, but risky, play for owners who have survived with him on their bench or who can pick him up off waivers. Peterson called himself a good judge of his body and said the “next couple of days” will help him figure out what he’s able to do on the field. It sounds like we’ll see Peterson on Christmas Eve if all goes well and the Vikings can do their part to make that game a big deal by running their winning streak to two against the Colts this weekend.
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.
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