Vikings running back Adrian Peterson’s return to the lineup on Sunday didn’t have a Hollywood ending.
Peterson ran six times for 22 yards, fumbled on his longest run of the day and the Vikings were crushed 34-6 by the Colts in the running back’s first game since September knee surgery. Coach Mike Zimmer said Peterson “looked fine” outside of the fumble, which Peterson said was a “poor job” of ball security.
“I felt good — good enough to come out and play,” Peterson said, via the Pioneer Press. “There’s no excuses. … I feel like there were some things I could have done better. I’m sure the offensive line feels the same.”
Sunday’s loss makes missing the playoffs all but certain, something Peterson previously said would impact his decision to play. After Sunday’s loss, though, he said he plans on playing against the Packers on Christmas Eve.