On Saturday, the Minnesota Vikings officially activated Adrian Peterson, waiving defensive tackle Toby Johnson to add the team’s all-time leading rusher to the 53-man roster. It doesn’t sound like they’re going to waste any time getting him involved in things.
#Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will not only play vs. #Colts, but he's going to start, source said. Carries determined by how his knee feels.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 18, 2016
After missing 11 games with a knee injury, Peterson will be getting the start at running back when the Vikings line it up against the Indianapolis Colts at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Nobody knows how much action Peterson is going to see on Sunday, but it appears that the Vikings are going to attempt to get him involved early and often.
It also appears that the Vikings will be able to use a three-back rotation against the Colts. Matt Asiata, who was added to the injury report on Friday and was listed as questionable, will be playing on Sunday. With Peterson, Asiata, and Jerick McKinnon in the mix, the Vikings will once again have the running back corps that they had to start the season.
The Colts’ defense has been fairly weak against the run this year, but the Vikings’ rush offense has been weak against everybody. We’ll have to see if having their normal trio of backs for the first time since Week 2 will be enough to provide any sort of meaningful boost.