Adrian Peterson to return in Vikings-Colts

By Arthur Weinstein 16 December 2016
Adrian Peterson to return in Vikings-Colts

Adrian Peterson plans to play on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, less than three months after undergoing knee surgery and only two days after returning to the Minnesota Vikings practice field.

The All-Pro running back told Dash Radio on Friday that he's ready to play.

"Being out there confirmed I'm ready to roll," he said. "I've had my head in the playbook."

Peterson had surgery on September 22 to repair torn meniscus in his right knee, an injury he suffered in the Vikings' second game of the season, against the Green Bay Packers.

At the time, the Vikings placed him on injured reserve, meaning he would have to be out a minimum of eight weeks. The typical recovery time from that surgery was said to be three to four months.

Peterson, 31, has already shown once in his NFL career he's a quick healer. After tearing his ACL and MCL in a game in late December 2011, he recovered from surgery and returned to action for the 2012 season-opener eight months later. He went on to rush for more than 2,000 yards that season and won MVP honors.

The Vikings will have to make a personnel move to activate Peterson on the roster.

Peterson told reporters earlier this week he plans to wear a titanium brace on his right knee during games. The Vikings can use all the help they can get, as they've lost six out of eight games since opening the season 5-0.

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