Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson plans on returning to the team this season, or he may not.
The reason for his hesitation isn’t an issue of recovery issues or setbacks, it’s depending on how the Vikings play.
Peterson told ESPN that the only way that he would return this season was if the Vikings could stay in the playoff race.
“I’m thinking that we’re going to make the playoffs, so that’s what I’m keeping my mindset on,” Peterson said, via ESPN.com. “So, if that’s not the case a week or two from now, we can settle back around.”
Peterson tore his meniscus in a 17-14 win over the Green Bay Packers back in September. After deciding to undergo surgery, the Vikings placed Peterson on injured reserved. Under the IR rules, he was eligible to return after week 11, however, the reason he didn’t return was because he wasn’t healthy enough to return yet.
The Vikings, who have lost six of their past seven games currently sit at 6-6 and are one game back behind the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the final wild card spot.
The Vikings final four games are against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Indianapolis Colts, the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears.