The Vikings worst fears when Adrian Peterson went down with a knee injury at Green Bay were that he could be lost for the season. Three weeks later, today is the most important day of his post-injury season. He is expected to push himself in practice in hopes of returning the lineup Sunday.

Today isn't exactly D-Day, but it could accurately be called A.D.-Day.

For the first time since suffering a partially torn lateral collateral ligament in his knee, Adrian Peterson is expected to take part in his first team workout with a more aggressive role. While A.P. practiced on a limited basis last week, it was off to the side with drills instead of full-speed cutting. Wednesday, he is expected to join his teammates on the practice field and, while the Vikings will remain cautious, today will be the first step in determining whether Peterson can make his expected return Sunday against the Lions.

The true first step may well come tomorrow. Many times when a player returns to the rigors of practice after being sidelined, there can be additional swelling and soreness that results from the return to limited contact drills. But, as it stands now, Peterson is on track to return to the lineup Sunday.

Vikings fans are keeping their fingers crossed that there will be no setbacks today. If Peterson shows up for Thursday's practice without any hitches in his giddy-up, he likely will be good to go on Sunday and make his return to the lineup.

* Ticket sales have been less than sparkling early in the week to sell out the Lions game. About 3,600 tickets remained as of Monday afternoon, but by Tuesday night only about 600 had moved – leaving about 3,000 still to sell before the noon Thursday local deadline. The Vikings have seen local TV affiliates and corporate sponsors buy out three games this season, but, as of this point, there has been no confirmation from the local Twin Cities FOX affiliate that it will purchase the needed tickets to assure the game is on television.
* The Vikings worked out cornerbacks Marquice Cole (Northwestern) and E.J. Underwood (Pikeville College) at Winter Park Tuesday.
* The decision to drop Fred Evans' appeal of his suspension was timed out for a period in which the Vikings could better afford to sit him for two games – playing the Lions and 49ers in the next two weeks. Whether calculated or coincidence, the timing seems right in order to get Evans back in time to play against the Bears, Redskins and Broncos to close out the regular season.

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