Adrian Peterson progresses to sprints on a side field

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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 Vikings could certainly use any jolt to the offense that Peterson would provide, but if he’s not ready to go until Week 16 or so there may not be much left to play for in Minnesota.

46 responses to “Adrian Peterson progresses to sprints on a side field

  1. Alright enough with the Vikings DOOMSDAY and the Packers still have a chance malarkey.

    You know that the Vikings have played parts of this season without 15 of their 22 starters right and still have a 1 game lead on them?

    You do know the Vikings still play the Colts, Bears and Jags right?

    Other than those games the other 2 remaining games are at home against Dallas who deserves a lot of credit for being 10-1 and could possibly be 11-0 if not for the week 1 loss but we know the Vikings will hang around and an upset would not shock me and the other match is at Green bay which according to my records we have beaten 2 games in a row now.

    I can easily see the Vikings finishing 4-1 down this stretch and finishing 10-6 which might be good enough to win the division. But forget looking ahead it all start 2 days from now!!!!

  2. IMHO, it wont matter if he is back because their offensive line is turrible… And I mean turrible..

    AP looked bad before he got hurt because there are zero gaps to run through.

  3. Funny, James Starks hurt his meniscus after AP and he’s been playing for 2 weeks already. I thought nobody rehabbed faster than AP. He’d be a fool to risk his health behind the house of cards masquerading as the Viking’s offensive line. That means he’ll be back soon!

  4. like it matters with our o-line. at least green bay fans have false hope again for a week that they’re going to the playoffs.

    when we got swept by the Lions, the freakin’ Lions! we knew this season was a wash. lets just get that o-line healthy and add some new blood next year.

    we could make it as a wild card, sure. but with that offense we aren’t going very far just as green bay won’t with that decimated secondary.

    Detroit deserves the division this year, slightly by default but also by winning.

    I’d love to see Stafford vs the ‘Boys in the conference championship.

  5. dayglo89 says “You do know the Vikings still play the Colts, Bears and Jags right?”

    The Vikings LOST to the Bears. What makes you think they can beat the scrubs of the NFL??

    LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL

  6. @dayglo80 Excellent point. It’s funny how rodgers is playing badly, even last night adams saved him from a couple risky decisions, and yet why do the lowly cheeseheads have a shot? Because of rodgers… yup that makes sense! They are a bad team with one player having yet another down year who is supposed to singlehandedly save them. It ain’t happenin kiddos, so let them die!

    Even with half our offense on IR we have a better record, next year we will take our rightful place as head and shoulders better than them. Our destruction of them with our full compliment of starters will destroy them so completely, it will be a joke and surely the start of many well conceived cheese fail puns, which I will then mercilessly throw in their faces!

  7. dayglo89 – The Vikings have the worst offense in the NFL and it’s not even close. If they don’t score on D or ST they aren’t winning. That’s a fact. Your post did humor me though so thanks for that! Go Pack!

    PS – AR12 is still DAT DUDE!!!!

  8. Gonna enjoy the Viking comeback and the NFC North Championship while I drink Packer/Lion salty tears. With AP back, anything can happen in the playoffs…SKOL!

    Unless 8 and 8 wins the division, Green Bay has ZERO chance…but they probably finish 7-9 and it won’t matter anyway. Enjoy a 400 yard passing day, Brock, and 5 TDs this Sunday.

  9. Lol at the vikings fan saying 10-6 is plausible. Im as die hard as they come, but i cant muster that much delusion. They lost to the Bears man.. there are no sure wins from that point forward.

  10. Meanwhile, trophy hunters in Minnesota continue to express frustration with their lack of success this season.

    Quoting local hunter Jimmy “The Beer Killer” Olsen – “It’s just like 5 years ago. There’s not a deer with antlers in the whole dang state.”

  11. twincities90210 says:
    Nov 29, 2016 1:30 PM
    dayglo89 says “You do know the Vikings still play the Colts, Bears and Jags right?”
    The Vikings LOST to the Bears. What makes you think they can beat the scrubs of the NFL??
    LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL
    ***********************************************

    That Bears game came after the Philly stinkfist and after Chicago Cubs won game 6 to force game 7 and Jay Cutler came back from injury and played his best game of his lifetime.

    The Bears in Minnesota don’t stand a chance. Book it Danno

  12. dayglo89 – The Vikings have the worst offense in the NFL and it’s not even close. If they don’t score on D or ST they aren’t winning. That’s a fact. Your post did humor me though so thanks for that! Go Pack!
    ________________________________
    Umm..week 2
    Vikings 17-Packers 14
    Two Bradford TD passes and a field goal
    That’s a fact
    Not seeing a defensive or ST score there but thanks anyway

  13. tritz32 says:
    Nov 29, 2016 1:42 PM
    dayglo89 – The Vikings have the worst offense in the NFL and it’s not even close. If they don’t score on D or ST they aren’t winning. That’s a fact. Your post did humor me though so thanks for that! Go Pack!
    PS – AR12 is still DAT DUDE!!!!
    ***********************************************

    Remember Vikings had one of the worst offenses in the league last year as well and only mustered i think 100 yards in the win at Lambeau to clinch the division. OH YOU MUSTA FORGOTTEN THAT…

  14. I’d bet my house on it that when he gets back on the field he sees the same stacked box he saw before. No Sean Hill playing QB this time though. No Norv trying to make Peterson run from the pistol formation. Shurmur is open minded enough to devise plays that Adrian is comfortable with. Compare it to #12 in WI that has a 23% completion rate past 20 yds., The coach has to create all these formations and work the short passing game to get that ball moving. That’s not an insult, it’s creative. Shurmur can do the same for AP. It might not matter by then if they keep losing though. This week…..EE may rush for 250 yds. Dallas 31-16.

  15. aypeeswhippingstick says:
    Nov 29, 2016 1:28 PM
    Funny, James Starks hurt his meniscus after AP and he’s been playing for 2 weeks already. I thought nobody rehabbed faster than AP. He’d be a fool to risk his health behind the house of cards masquerading as the Viking’s offensive line. That means he’ll be back soon!

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    There’s a major difference between a full bucket handletear of the meniscus and a minor tear. One has an expected recuperation time of 3 to 4 months and the other is 3 to 4 weeks. But, not that facts matter to a troll, I’m sure you’ll still spout off about Starks’ superiority to Peterson.

  16. It will be good to get Peterson back so we can try to settle who the best back in the NFL is. The last time Peterson played, he was the best. Things have changed since he’s been gone.

  17. As a Vikings fan, part of me wants him back, so we can once again have a bit of a running game. They wont have a great running game, with AP until they fix that o-line.
    But part of me says, let him sit, trade him or let him go, in the off season. Use the 19 million, that they would have paid him, and get some talent up grades elsewhere.

  18. Adrian Peterson tortured and abused a 4 year old child!
    And you still want him to be the face of your pathetic franchise?
    I’m shocked and dismayed at how cheap you Barneys are willing to part with your dignity and souls.

  19. trozenfundra says:
    Nov 29, 2016 2:36 PM
    “Adrian Peterson progresses to sprints on a side field”

    “Hopeful to return to back yard whippings soon”

    Let it go already, my God!!

  20. Lions win 2 or their remaining games.

    Vikings lose 2 of their remaining games.

    Packers lose 2 of their remaining games.

    Lions win the division

  21. trozenfundra says:
    Nov 29, 2016 2:36 PM
    “Adrian Peterson progresses to sprints on a side field”

    “Hopeful to return to back yard whippings soon”

    Let it go already, my God!!

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    Not happening. Once a child abuser, always a child abuser.

  22. 2016nfcnorthchampiondetroitlions says:
    Nov 29, 2016 4:39 PM

    Yes! Hopefully he’s back for week 16. Beat the Packers to leave both teams 7-8 going into a pointless week 17. Time for a ‘switch’ at the top of the NFC North, men.

    Lions will win one more game this season finish in 3rd place only because the Bears have their entire team on the IR. Division will come down to the Packers and Vikings. Same ‘ol Lions, same ‘ol NFCN.

  23. Exciting news, the only RB that really doesn’t need an Oline.
    Say what you will, because you will about the 1 1/2 games he played this year…..dumb. With Bradford settled in now, Adrian will come back hungry as heck and pull off those long runs that the Vikings are missing and then te D gets back to taking over. This D has given up the second fewest in the NFL Cheeeeeeeser brains.
    Your D is historically bad this year like our running game at least the Vikings have hope as the best RB in the NFL comes back to claim the North title. No fat lady singing in Minny!
    If you ain’t a true fan then step off the plank, AD to save the day along with the D. Get it together Rock SKOLDIERS!

  24. Yes it’s a bonus for the Lions that they swept the Vikings.
    But it will most likely not be factor when it’s all said and done.
    SKOL!!!

  25. bringbackwayne says:
    Nov 29, 2016 8:17 PM

    Reminder to vikingforlife…..lions swept the vikes

    Reminder to …….bringbackwayne/2016nfcnorthchampiondetroitlions/senatorbluCORKsky/HYZERS

    You are the same person with more names than any person on pft trying to make it look like the Lions have fans.

    You should bring back Wayne, at least he earned the only playoff win since 1957.

  26. ejmat3 says:
    Nov 29, 2016 8:55 PM
    bringbackwayne says:
    Nov 29, 2016 8:17 PM

    Reminder to vikingforlife…..lions swept the vikes

    Reminder to …….bringbackwayne/2016nfcnorthchampiondetroitlions/senatorbluCORKsky/HYZERS

    You are the same person with more names than any person on pft trying to make it look like the Lions have fans.
    **********************************

    Nope….just one suffering Lions fan here.

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