The Vikings have had it rough when it comes to injury this season. A season ending hit to Teddy Bridgewater before the season even started was a bad way to kick off a season, and injuries to the offensive line and running back personnel has left Minnesota dead last in total rushing yards and yards per carry this season.
So Vikings fans will be thrilled at the latest news surrounding Adrian Peterson. Peterson tore his meniscus earlier this season, forcing the back to have surgery that would keep him sidelined for 3-4 months. But Peterson is a resilient player who has overcome injuries many times in the past. Now, the team expects he may be ready to play by mid-December, several weeks ahead of schedule.
While the coaches will exercise caution, Peterson should begin running next week and may even be able to play as soon as their December 11th matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars. His teammate Captain Munnerlyn spoke about his recovery on Monday, suggesting that Peterson will return as soon as he thinks he can help the team win:
“He’s a workaholic,” cornerback Captain Munnerlyn said Monday. “I definitely wouldn’t put anything past this guy. He’s a fast healer. His makeup is definitely a fighter. We’ll see. I think [he’ll be back], but at the same time, you never know. That’s a tough injury to come back from. He’s got to think about his career, but he’s a guy that wants to come out there and help the team win. One thing is on his mind: He wants to win that Super Bowl. So he feels like if he can come back and definitely contribute to us winning, he definitely will do it.”