Legendary Minnesota Vikings running back is returning to the NFL

(Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) Adrian Peterson
(Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) Adrian Peterson /

Following the injury to Derrick Henry, former Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is reportedly signing a deal with the Tennessee Titans.

Two months into the 2021 season, it felt like the end of the line had already come for former Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. But things changed on Monday when the Tennessee Titans decided to bring in Peterson for a workout.

In need of another running back after losing Derrick Henry to a potentially season-ending foot injury, it sounds like the Titans are going to allow the former Vikings first-round pick to continue his career in the NFL.

Tennessee is reportedly signing Peterson to their practice squad with the expectation that he will be promoted to the team’s active roster according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Former Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson reportedly signing with Tennessee Titans

With a big matchup against the Los Angeles Rams next Sunday night, it will be interesting to see if Peterson is active in his first week with the Titans.

It probably wouldn’t hurt to see if he can help them against the Rams, but Tennessee might want him to get a few more practices in before throwing him right into the fire.

Currently, Peterson ranks fifth all-time in career rushing yards. In order to pass Barry Sanders and move up to fourth on the list, the former Minnesota running back needs to gain 450 more rushing yards.

With the Titans being a team that likes to run the football and the fact that they still have nine games left on their schedule, Peterson should certainly get an opportunity to gain the 450 he needs to pass Sanders on the career rushing yards list.

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The former league MVP last appeared in an NFL game during Week 17 of the 2020 campaign as a member of the Detroit Lions. In 16 appearances with the Lions last season, Peterson rushed for 604 yards and seven touchdowns in addition to catching 12 passes for 101 yards.