Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was spotted running sprints during Tuesday’s practice as he continues to work his way back from a right knee injury that sidelined him for the last nine games.
Peterson, who was placed on injured reserve on Sept. 23 after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus, took part in a scheduled side workout with head trainer Eric Sugarman. He ran repeated sprints, but did not participate in cutting or lateral drills.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer told reporters last week that a December return was a possibility for Peterson.
The 31-year-old and seven-time Pro Bowler rushed for 50 yards on 31 carries in the Vikings’ first two games of the season before sustaining the injury. Minnesota (6-5) won its first five games but has gone 1-5 since.
The Vikings rank last in the NFL in rushing offense (782 yards) with an average of 2.8 yards per carry. Jerick McKinnon is Minnesota’s leading rusher with 316 yards and a touchdown on 106 carries.
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