He has been sidelined since Week 2, but Peterson announced he’s ready to return Sunday from a torn meniscus as the Vikings host the Indianapolis Colts.
Minnesota is 2-6 in its past eight games, but at 7-6 overall the Vikings still have a shot at sneaking into the playoffs. Football Outsiders gives them a 14.1 percent chance.
The Vikings’ running game is near the bottom of the NFL in a number of statistical categories. Minnesota is 29th in rushing efficiency, last in yards per carry (2.95) and last in yards before contact (1.63). Per ESPN Stats & Information, the YPC number would be the worst of any team since the 1994 New England Patriots (2.79).
Coach Mike Zimmer has to be hoping that Peterson can knock the rust off quickly against a Colts defense that ranks 30th against the run. The Vikings are 4-point favorites.