The Minnesota Vikings announced Saturday that they’ve activated RB Adrian Peterson from their injured reserve list, paving the way for him to play Sunday in Sunday’s game against the Colts.
- The Vikings also placed DT Toby Johnson on waivers in order to free up a roster spot.
Yesterday, Peterson mentioned during an interview with DJ Skee that he will play in the team’s Week 15 game, so this doesn’t come as a big surprise.
“Being out there confirmed I’m ready to roll,” Peterson said, per Andrew Krammer. “I’ve had my head in the playbook.”
Peterson previously mentioned that he wouldn’t return this year if Minnesota is eliminated from playoff contention. However, the team is still in contention and playing meaningful games, so getting Peterson back could be a big boost for their offense.
Peterson ultimately decided to repair his lateral meniscus, which left him with a 3-6 month timetable. Had he trimmed his meniscus, he could have returned in two or three weeks.
Peterson, 31, is a former first-round pick of the Vikings back in 2007. He’s currently in the second year of his three-year, $44 million contract that included $20 million guaranteed and stands to make a base salary of $7.75 million for the 2016 season.
The Vikings officially designated Peterson as their player to return from injured reserve a few days ago.
In 2016, Peterson has rushed for 50 yards on 31 carries (1.6 YPC) to go along with two receptions for seven yards receiving and no touchdowns.
Johnson, 25, originally signed on with the Titans as an undrafted free agent out of Georgia back in May of last year. He was waived coming out of the preseason and had brief stints with the Jaguars and Bears before joining the Vikings towards the end of the season.
Minnesota elected to bring Johnson back on a futures deal this past January. However, he was once again waived at the start of the season and later signed to their practice squad. The Viking promoted Johnson to their active roster last week.
During his college career at Georgia, Johnson recorded 34 tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss, two sacks and two pass defenses.
Johnson has yet to appear in an NFL game.