Peter­son: Come­back pos­si­ble, but not for non­con­tender

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS -

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 year, but if the Vik­ings are elim­i­nated from post­sea­son con­tention he wouldn’t come back and risk re-in­jury.

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.

The 31-year-old Peter­son, who is mak­ing $12 mil­lion this sea­son, has one more year on his cur­rent con­tract. None of the $18 mil­lion he could earn in 2017, though, is guar­an­teed.

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