Peterson Ready To Return

This hit knocked Adrian Peterson out of action three weeks ago. After showing good signs at practice this week and being upgraded to probable, he is expected to make his return to action Sunday against the Lions.

Adrian Peterson's LCL injury has been given the all-clear, meaning the Vikings' star rookie will be ready to go Sunday against the Lions.

Peterson, who only missed two games as a result of the Grade-2 tear of his right knee 20 days ago against the Packers, is listed as probable on the injury report this week, which, by the NFL standards, makes him a "virtual certainty" to play.

"He did a decent job through the week. He progressed from getting back into the flow of taking a bunch of turns," head coach Brad Childress said on Friday. "He had some soreness, which you would expect the soreness just from the inactivity. That would be anybody that didn't do football for two weeks, but nothing that is … if you ask him if he is sore on a scale of 1 to 10, where is he? He is a one, so on the soreness meter that is not bad."

Childress clarified that the "one" rating is according to Peterson "and that is a very scientific scale as you know, right in there with the Richter scale," Childress said.

The expectation is that Peterson and Chester Taylor will split the workload Sunday. Despite missing two games due to the injury, Peterson still leads the NFL in rushing.

* Another corporate buyout of tickets will prevent the Lions game from being blacked out locally. KMSP FOX-9 Twin Cities, along with U.S. Bank and SuperClean/Factory Value Parts, purchased the remaining 2,100 tickets for the game Friday morning after the NFL gave the Vikings a 25-hour extension over the standard 72 hours-before-gametime rule for all tickets to to be sold. Unlike previous buyouts, where the station and/or sponsors would pledge to purchase the tickets and still allow them to be sold, the tickets for this game were all purchased and donated to charitable organizations.
* While the Bears game is a lock to sell out – it's a Monday night game that has only 1,000 tickets remaining at this point – the season finale against the Redskins could be a different story. More than 6,000 remain for that game.
* Troy Williamson is listed as doubtful with a concussion and subsequent headaches that have followed. He isn't expected to play Sunday. Antoine Winfield is listed as questionable and will be subjected to an intense workout Sunday morning to see if he can go or be deactivated, which would the fourth game of the last five he has missed. Tank Williams (knee) will be out Sunday and Dontarrious Thomas (groin) is listed as questionable.
* The Vikings and the U.S. Marine Corps will be conducting a Toys For Tots pickup campaign Sunday. People are asked to bring new, unwrapped gifts to the game, where Marines will be at each entrance gate collecting holiday presents for disadvantaged children.

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