Vikings RB Adrian Peterson mentioned during an interview with DJ Skee that he will play in the team’s Week 15 game against the Colts.
“Being out there confirmed I’m ready to roll,” Peterson said, per Andrew Krammer. “I’ve had my head in the playbook.”
The Vikings will need to make a roster move in order to officially activate him from their injured reserve list.
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.