Should Peterson be able to make a recovery, he would be the Vikings' most obvious candidate for IR-designated to return. Under the new rule, teams do not have to designate which of their IR players are coming back up front. At the earliest, Peterson would be allowed to play again on Nov. 20 in a game against the Cardinals, though it is widely believed that he will miss at least another few weeks after that.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport said there was a chance Peterson would be available for a playoff run. Through two weeks, the All-Pro had 50 rushing yards on 31 carries -- a clear victim of opposing defenses trying to shut him down in the absence of Teddy Bridgewater.
Thanks to Mike Zimmer, a win isn't completely out of the question. Our resident prediction guru Marc Sessler picked the Vikingsthis week for Around The NFL's Bold Predictions feature. On paper, it would be quite an accomplishment, but Zimmer isn't letting the Vikings expect anything less than a win.