Vikings coach Mike Zimmer was optimistic when asked about Peterson's progress on Tuesday, telling reporters, "He's doing good. He's probably ahead of schedule, I guess."
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport noted over the weekend that Peterson was on track to make a December return before the playoffs.
If there is any running back who can navigate such a pitfall, it would be the seven-time Pro Bowler.
The Vikings have been without an offensive identity for months, but when exactly Peterson returns to the field is still a mystery. Running off to the side is a nebulous benchmark for players who may still need a month of rehabilitation. Peterson had surgery for a torn meniscus back in late September.