PETERSON: VIKINGS’ SUCCESS WILL DETERMINE HIS RETURN
eden prairie, minn.» Neither the Minnesota Vikings nor Adrian Peterson have been willing publicly to put a timetable on his potential return to the field nearly three months after he tore the meniscus in his right knee.
Peterson made two points clear, though, in his first comments to reporters since he got hurt. He is trying to get in position to return this season, but if the Vikings are eliminated from postseason contention he wouldn’t come back and risk re-injury.
“For obvious reasons,” Peterson said Wednesday. “I’m not really going to get into details about that, but my vision is making it to the playoffs. That’s what I believe, and that’s what I have my eyes on right now.”
Peterson rushed 31 times for a mere 50 yards in two games before he went down Sept. 18. Without the four-time all-pro running back, the Vikings are last in the NFL in rushing with 72.4 yards per game and 3.0 yards per attempt.
• Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he’s “good to go” after surgery to repair a detached retina last week, which forced him to miss the Thursday night game against Dallas.
B east rutherford, n.j.» Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is going to miss the rest of the regular season after surgery to repair a sports hernia. The 27-yearold tweeted that he had surgery and was feeling well.
Pierre-Paul sustained the injury in the second quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Giants’ Pierre-Paul out for season Footnotes.
Former Cowboys linebacker Dave Edwards died in his sleep Monday night at his home near Lake Whitney, Texas, about 65 miles south of Dallas. He was 76. Edwards played for Dallas from 1963 to 1975 and won one Super Bowl with the team and played in two others. … Coach Chip Kelly returned to the 49ers after being away for two days for his father’s funeral in Maine. Paul Kelly died at age 87 last Friday. The Associated Press