Adrian Peterson will return if Vikings make playoffs
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson made news today, noting he would return to the field, but it would be “pointless” to come back if the Vikings were out of the playoff hunt.
“We’re playing it by ear,” he said. “We’ll see how things play out. … I’m thinking that we’re going to make the playoffs, so that’s what I’m keeping my mind set on. So, if that’s not the case a week or two from now, we can settle back around.”
TwinCities.com noted that Peterson, who tore his meniscus against the Packers Septermber 18th, did not pinpoint a return date. The Vikings play the Jaguars Sunday, and the Colts on December 18th. Two wins there will keep them in contention for the rematch against Green Bay on Christmas Eve.
The Lions sit atop the NFC North at 8-4, and are two games up on Minnesota, while owning the tiebreaker. The Vikings would ideally need to sweep their remaining schedule to potentially win the division, or secure a wild card. Even one loss would have them in danger of being done.
Should the Vikings miss the playoffs, they will face a very tough decision this offseason. Peterson is owed $18 million dollars on his contract for 2017. They could cut the future hall of famer, or try to restructure the deal. The market for an aging injury prone back whose best days are behind him will be light, especially considering the young talent coming into the league via the NFL Draft.