The Minnesota Vikings offense, particularly their running game needs a boost. It looks like they might be a little closer to getting one.
Pro Football Talk reports that Adrian Peterson is running again. The report cites a source with knowledge of the situation noting that Peterson is light running, while continuing to receive treatment on his knee following his surgery to repair a torn meniscus in September.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer hasn't given any kind of update on a potential return for Peterson, but the PFT report continues to indicate that AP's timetable for returning appears to be December.
The timetable for these injuries is a little tricky. For instance, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger underwent arthroscopic surgery on a torn meniscus in his knee a few weeks ago. He missed just one game for the Steelers.
Peterson had a more serious surgery to repair the damage, which occurred against Green Bay in Week 2. He was placed on injured reserve – meaning that at a minimum he would have to miss eight weeks.
The Vikings running game has been historically bad without him. Minnesota is averaging just just 2.67 yards per attempt this season – only slightly better than the lowest full-season average in league history of 2.64 yards per rush, a mark held by the 1954 Giants.
According to the Pioneer Press, no NFL team has averaged less than 3.0 yards per carry since the 1994 New England Patriots.