There’s more optimism regarding Adrian Peterson‘s return to the field. Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer tweets that the Vikings running back has recently been running in the pool. If the veteran’s knee responds positively, the team will look to run him on hard surfaces this week.
Despite tearing his meniscus earlier this season, recent reports indicated that the 31-year-old was on track to return in December. Peterson suffered the injury during the Vikings Week 2 contest against the Packers. Up to that point in the season, the running back had rushed for only 50 yards on 31 carries. Of course, that’s not to say that the veteran still can’t be productive. Peterson is only one season removed from a 1,485-yard, 11-touchdown campaign.
The Vikings have relied on Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata during Peterson’s absence. The duo have rushed for 603 yards on 196 carries, and they’ve found the end zone six times. The Vikings currently rank second-to-last in the NFL in rushing yards (782), and they’re averaging a league-low 2.8-yards-per-attempt.
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