Peterson was spotted at the start of Tuesday’s practice running sprints with head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman looking on, the first time Peterson has run with the media in attendance since his injury, although head coach Mike Zimmer said it wasn’t the first time Peterson has run since the injury on Sept. 18.
Zimmer declined to say when Peterson started running, but said “he’s on his normal routine.”
“He’s doing good. He’s probably ahead of schedule, I guess, I don’t know,” Zimmer said.
The head coach is focused on playing the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday and not how much of a boost Peterson might be for the Vikings’ anemic running game.
“We’ll worry about all that when (Peterson returns),” Zimmer said. “Right now we have to focus on Dallas and their team.”
Peterson remains on injured reserve, but the Vikings still have one player they can bring off of injured reserve and it has long been speculated that Peterson could be ready sometime in December.
The Vikings have the NFL’s last-ranked rushing offense, averaging only 2.8 yards per carry. Peterson averaged only 1.6 yards per carry in the first two weeks before he tore his meniscus.