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minneapolis» Adrian Peter­son has al­ways called him­self a quick healer. Now he says he is ready to come back from his lat­est knee surgery even sooner than he orig­i­nally thought.

Peter­son told Dash Ra­dio on Fri­day that he plans to re­turn to the Vik­ings’ back­field Sun­day against the Colts. His sur­prise an­nounce­ment came four days af­ter he re­it­er­ated that he was tar­get­ing the game at Green Bay on Dec. 24 as his first game back af­ter hav­ing surgery to re­pair torn menis­cus in his right knee.

“It re­ally boils down to how I feel,” Peter­son told the in­ter­net ra­dio sta­tion, of which he is an in­vestor. “What it re­ally came down to me in my heart know­ing, es­pe­cially af­ter these past two days, is that I can be pro­duc­tive.”

Peter­son prac­ticed Wed­nes­day for the first time since he was in­jured in Week 2 against the Pack­ers. He prac­ticed again Thurs­day and Fri­day and wasn’t listed on the Vik­ings’ in­jury re­port, fur­ther ev­i­dence that he is fully healthy.

Peter­son said he spoke to Vik­ings coach Mike Zim­mer, head ath­letic trainer Eric Su­gar­man and Peter­son’s wife as he con­tem­plated mak­ing the re­turn one week sooner than he ini­tially ex­pected.

“We just have to make sure ev­ery­thing is good with the doc­tors and ev­ery­thing go­ing for­ward, that’s all,” Zim­mer said af­ter the team’s prac­tice Fri­day.

Rat­ings re­bound af­ter elec­tion.

NFL tele­vi­sion rat­ings, which have been down sig­nif­i­cantly this sea­son, have im­proved slightly since the U.S. pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

While view­er­ship was down 10 per­cent over­all through the first 14 weeks of the sea­son com­pared with that time span in 2015, it is four per­cent­age points bet­ter than the col­lec­tive tele­casts were down a lit­tle more than a month ago.

“It’s an en­cour­ag­ing re­bound,” NFL com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell said. “It proves the elec­tion was cer­tainly a fac­tor.”

For the first nine weeks of the sea­son, NFL games av­er­aged 15.5 mil­lion view­ers. That was down 14 per­cent com­pared with 2015. But af­ter the Nov. 8 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, which oc­curred two days be­fore the start of the league’s Week 10, view­er­ship has in­creased. NFL games av­er­aged 18.1 mil­lion view­ers dur­ing Weeks 10-14, off only 2 per­cent com­pared with those weeks in 2015.

League look­ing into use of ra­dios B

east rutherford, n.j.» The Giants said they are co­op­er­at­ing with the NFL’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion into whether they il­le­gally used walkie-talkies in Sun­day’s 10-7 home vic­tory over the Cowboys.

The league is look­ing into coach Ben McA­doo’s use of the two-way ra­dio in the fourth quar­ter when the Giants’ coach-to-quar­ter­back head­set com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tem wasn’t work­ing prop­erly.

Coaches aren’t al­lowed to hold any two-way ra­dios dur­ing a game. A backup quar­ter­back is al­lowed to hold one dur­ing games, but Giants sec­ond-stringer Ryan Nas­sib said he doesn’t do that.

Foot­notes. Jets run­ning back Matt Forte is ques­tion­able to play and will be a game-time de­ci­sion against the Dol­phins on Satur­day night with a knee in­jury. … Chiefs pass rusher Justin Hous­ton is ques­tion­able against Ten­nessee with sore­ness in his left knee, which he had sur­gi­cally re­paired in Fe­bru­ary. … Dallas de­fen­sive end DeMar­cus Lawrence was ruled out against Tampa Bay with a back is­sue that lim­ited him to a sea­son-low 13 snaps last week. … Jaguars re­ceiver Allen Hurns will miss his third con­sec­u­tive game be­cause of a ham­string in­jury.

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