After a four-game losing streak, the Minnesota Vikings have been needing some good news over the past couple of weeks, and it looks like it might have finally arrived.
Adrian Peterson has been out of action for the NFC North franchise since week two when he injured his knee against the Green Bay Packers. It turned out he had torn his meniscus in his right knee and he was therefore placed on the injured reserve.
Eight weeks have since passed but the running back isn't close to returning to the field, but recent reports have revealed he is making progress.
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According to Pro Football Talk, Peterson is back running once more, although it is only light running at the moment, meaning a return to action is still at least a couple of weeks away.
The 31-year-old's timetable for return is still December, but at least this is some sort of progression towards his eventual return, and the Vikings are desperate for that to happen.
Pro Football Talk states that Minnesota is: "averaging 2.67 yards per attempt for the season, only 0.3 yards per try more than the lowest full-season average since the Giants churned out 2.64 yards per rush in 1954."
They also mentioned that: "no team has rushed for 2.8 yards per attempt or worse since the 1994 Patriots."
While the Vikings are having clear problems with their offensive line, their running backs have to pull their weight as well, and it is evident that Jerrick McKinnon, Matt Asiata, and Ronnie Hillman aren't doing a good enough job.
Peterson's ability as one of the league's best power backs is definitely being missed because even if the offensive line isn't good this season, the seven-time Pro Bowler has always posed a threat on his own.
If Minnesota wants to keep their playoff hopes alive, they need their star running back to return as soon as possible, so even if its only light running, it's one step closer to having him back on the field.