The Minnesota Vikings will be without star running back Adrian Peterson on Sunday when they finish the season against the Chicago Bears.
The team announced the decision to keep Peterson out of the lineup on the Vikings website.
Peterson was injured in Week 2, tearing his meniscus and eventually undergoing surgery to repair the damage. He came back ahead of schedule but was largely ineffective in Week 15 before exiting the game with the groin injury that now has him sidelined for the final two games of the 2016 season.
It’s been speculated by many that Peterson is likely not going to return to Minnesota next year, barring a contract restructure. Set to count for $18 million against the cap in 2017, he’s nowhere near that valuable any more, especially in light of his recent injury history and the fact he’ll be 32 next season.
One of the NFL’s all-time greats, Peterson could still be a valuable addition to a team on the cusp of a championship (we explored a few of the top options here). If Peterson’s time with the Vikings is truly at an end, it would behoove the club to consider one of the top rookies coming out this year as his replacement.
To date, Peterson has rushed for 11,747 yards with 97 touchdowns.