Adrian Peterson's season looked like it would probably be over when the running back suffered a knee injury that has kept him out since the second week of the 2016 campaign.
However, it looks like the Minnesota Vikings may well be getting their star man back in a bit of news that has a lot of people shocked.
According to a report from Ben Goessling of ESPN, Peterson is targeting a mid-December return in his comeback from injury.
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"Peterson had an exam late last week and could start running this week," Goessling wrote.
"Although the three-time rushing champion is said to be exercising caution in his return from the knee injury he sustained on Sept. 18 against the Green Bay Packers, he could make his return before the end of the regular season."
That potential to return before the end of the season could see Peterson make his return either in the game against the Colts on December 18 or the Vikings' rematch against the Packers at Lambeau Field on Christmas Eve.
With Ronnie Hillman being released by Mike Zimmer and co. at the start of the week, it looks Minnesota do expect to get a certain veteran back sooner than expected.
The Vikings running game has been shocking without Peterson, with Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon rushing for an average of under four yards per carry.