An initial round of tests on his injured foot showed no Lisfranc injury and Vikings running back Adrian Peterson reportedly got good news after a CT scan as well.
Brian Murphy of the Pioneer Press reports that a team official confirmed that the results of further testing on Monday confirmed that Peterson will not need to have surgery to repair the injury. That leaves the door open for a return to the field this season.
A report from ESPN.com on Monday evening had Peterson unlikely to play in Week 15, but Murphy reports that no decision will be made about Peterson’s playing status will be made until he’s out of the walking boot he’s currently wearing to protect his foot. Peterson obviously isn’t going to play if he doesn’t get out of the boot, but it appears we’ll have to wait until late this week for any definitive word.
Coach Leslie Frazier also said Monday that the team’s record would be a factor in how they proceed with Peterson over the rest of the season. With no shot at the postseason, it might behoove the Vikings to start Peterson’s offseason a little early and go for as high a draft pick as possible in hopes of finding a long-term answer at quarterback.