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Adrian Peterson | Running Back | #28

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (31) / 3/21/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 220
College: Oklahoma
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 1 (7) / MIN
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Adrian Peterson (knee, I.R.) said he won't return this season if the Vikings are eliminated from playoff contention before he is ready.
Asked if he still plans to play this season, Peterson said, "That's something I envision." He's progressed to making cuts, and says he can pretty much do everything right now, though he admits it's different on a practice field than in game situations. Peterson isn't going to play this week against the Jaguars, but there have been whispers he could play as soon as Week 15. Dec 7 - 12:50 PM

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Profootballtalk reports "it's not certain" Adrian Peterson (knee, injured reserve) will return this season.

Per a source with "knowledge of the situation," Peterson "badly" wants to return, but the fading Vikings could decide against it if they're out of the playoff race. Reporter Mike Florio also correctly speculates that Peterson might be unwilling to further risk his health without some contract assurances for 2017. Including Thursday night's game against the Cowboys, Peterson seems destined to miss at least two more weeks.
Dec 1 - 7:20 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Adrian Peterson (knee) is "probably ahead of schedule."

Peterson was spotted running sprints in Tuesday's practice. Zimmer said it wasn't the first time Peterson has run, seemingly debunking NFL.com's Ian Rapoport's Thanksgiving week report that AD had yet to be cleared to run. Week 15 remains a best-case scenario for Peterson, with Week 16 seeming more likely.
Nov 29 - 1:40 PM

Adrian Peterson (knee, I.R.) was seen running sprints during the open portion of Tuesday's practice.

He was running under the supervision of head trainer Eric Sugarman. It's an important step in his recovery, though Peterson still has several more hurdles to clear before he's game-ready. AP has an outside chance of returning in Week 15 or 16, but fantasy owners shouldn't be counting on him for meaningful contributions down the stretch.
Nov 29 - 12:46 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Adrian Peterson (knee, injured reserve) has yet to be cleared to run.

Peterson is reportedly running with just 30 percent of his bodyweight on his knee and has a couple more hurdles to jump before he is cleared to run on a field. Rapoport says it is still realistic for Peterson to return before the end of the season, but this news puts the Week 15 timetable in serious doubt. It is unlikely Peterson is able to help fantasy owners again this season.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 24 - 8:38 AM

ESPN's Ben Goessling reports Adrian Peterson (knee, I.R.) could rejoin the Vikings by "mid-to-late December."

A.D. has not yet resumed running full speed, but the Vikings are encouraged by his progress enough that he is expected back before the end of the regular season. Goessling mentions Week 15 against the Colts or Week 16 against the Packers as possible return dates. Peterson is worth grabbing by re-draft-league owners in need of late-season running back help. The Vikings' run game has been broken all year, but we doubt Peterson would be eased in if cleared to play.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 21 - 4:23 PM

Profootballtalk reports Adrian Peterson (knee, injured reserve) has resumed "light running."

It's Peterson's first sign of progress. Per Mike Florio, the timetable for Peterson's return "continues to be December." If Peterson can indeed return during the regular season, the Vikings' league-worst running game will welcome him with open arms. Peterson still isn't much of a fantasy stash, as he seems unlikely to return before Week 16.
Nov 17 - 5:41 PM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has "no idea" if Adrian Peterson (knee, injured reserve) will return this season.

Peterson is eligible to resume practicing, but reports issued around the time of his injury said he was unlikely to return before mid-December. We haven't seen anything to suggest that's changed. The Vikings' ground game has been historically bad in Peterson's absence, averaging 2.67 yards per carry this season. No team has had a sub-3.00 YPC since 1994.
Nov 14 - 3:15 PM

Pro Football Talk reports Adrian Peterson's (knee, injured reserve) "sole focus" is playing again this season.

Peterson is expected to miss a "minimum" of 3-4 months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus last week, but it would not be the first time Peterson beat an injury timetable. Peterson is officially able to return Week 11, but it would be surprising to see him before late December. Either way, the Vikings look headed for the playoffs, and Peterson might be able to help them once they get there.
Sep 26 - 12:04 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Vikings want Adrian Peterson to retire "as a valued member of the organization."

There's been speculation the team could move on from Peterson this offseason because of his contract, but apparently the Vikings are willing to do whatever they can to keep him in Minnesota for the long run. After taking on Sam Bradford's expensive salary, the Vikings will probably have to renegotiate Peterson's deal. He's slated to earn $11.75 million in base salary next season along with a $6 million roster bonus due on the third day of the new year. Peterson is expected to miss at least the rest of the regular season after going down with a torn meniscus in Week 2.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 25 - 10:35 AM

Vikings placed RB Adrian Peterson (meniscus surgery) on injured reserve.

It's just a formality as Peterson was already expected to miss the remainder of the regular season after suffering a torn meniscus in Week 2. Technically, the earliest Peterson can return is Week 11, although that isn't happening. Season-long fantasy owners should have dropped him a few days ago. Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata will handle the rushing workload.
Sep 23 - 2:44 PM

Adrian Peterson underwent surgery to repair his torn meniscus Thursday morning.

Peterson had his meniscus repaired, which means he is likely looking at a multi-month recovery. ESPN had reported Peterson was also dealing with a torn LCL, but the Vikings said, "There were no additional injuries or issues noted in or surrounding the knee joint during the surgical procedure." Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata will split the backfield work with Peterson sidelined.
Source: vikings.com
Sep 22 - 10:18 AM

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports Adrian Peterson will undergo surgery to repair his torn meniscus on Thursday and will be out a "minimum" of 3-4 months.

Peterson has a "bucket handle tear." He's likely headed to season-ending I.R. with a recovery that "usually" requires six months. At best, it sounds like Peterson could maybe play in the playoffs if the Vikings make it. But in all likelihood, this is Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata's backfield for the remainder of 2016. With just one year left on his contract and set to count $18 million against the cap in 2017, we may have seen Peterson's last carry in a Vikings uniform. He'll turn 32 next March with two serious knee injuries on his record. The Vikings can clear all $18 million off the salary cap by releasing Peterson after the season.
Sep 21 - 11:26 AM

ESPN's Ed Werder reports the Vikings are preparing as if Adrian Peterson (knee) will miss Week 3 against the Panthers.

According to Werder, depending on how the Vikings treat Peterson's torn meniscus, he could be out as little as 1-3 weeks. But as of Wednesday morning, the team is still soliciting opinions on the knee. In Peterson's absence, Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon will split the work, with Asiata the best bet for red-zone and goal-line work. McKinnon is the big-play threat between the 20s.
Sep 21 - 9:42 AM

The timetable for Adrian Peterson's return from a torn meniscus will depend on the severity of the injury and how the doctors choose to treat it.

The best-case scenario would be for Peterson to avoid surgery, which could allow him to return in a couple weeks. Peterson has two options if he needs to go under the knife. Having the meniscus trimmed or removed could allow him to come back as early as Week 7, but that surgery is unlikely to offer a complete recovery. If Peterson chooses to have the meniscus repaired, he could be looking at a 3-4 month timetable. Until all of those decisions are made, Peterson's status is completely up in the air.
Source: ESPN
Sep 20 - 10:25 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Sam Bradford
2Shaun Hill
RB1Jerick McKinnon
2Matt Asiata
3Bishop Sankey
4Adrian Peterson
GLB1Matt Asiata
2Adrian Peterson
3RB1Jerick McKinnon
2Adrian Peterson
FB1Zach Line
WR11Stefon Diggs
2Adam Thielen
3Jarius Wright
WR21Charles Johnson
2Laquon Treadwell
3Cordarrelle Patterson
WR31Adam Thielen
TE1Kyle Rudolph
2Rhett Ellison
3David Morgan
LT1T.J. Clemmings
2Jake Long
LG1Alex Boone
2Jeremiah Sirles
C1Joe Berger
2Nick Easton
RG1Brandon Fusco
2Zac Kerin
3Willie Beavers
RT1Jeremiah Sirles
K1Kai Forbath