Patrick Peterson activated by Vikings ahead of Week 14

(Photo by Billy Hardiman-USA TODAY Sports) Patrick Peterson
(Photo by Billy Hardiman-USA TODAY Sports) Patrick Peterson /

There is a good chance Patrick Peterson will be back with the Minnesota Vikings for their Week 14 game against the Steelers on Thursday.

Fans of the Minnesota Vikings are still reeling after Sunday’s loss to the Detroit Lions but there is some good news for the team’s supporters since a key defender is likely to return for Week 14 and make an impact against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

It was announced on Tuesday morning that former All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson has been activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list and is set to re-join the team ahead of their Thursday Night Football matchup.

Here is the official announcement from the Vikings Twitter account:

Patrick Peterson gives the Minnesota Vikings a big boost

Considering the struggles the Vikings faced against Jared Goff and their ragtag group of receivers on Sunday, getting any pieces back from their banged-up defense would be huge for a team hoping to stay within range of a playoff berth this season.

After losing to the Lions, it’s hard to be thinking playoffs, but Minnesota still has a chance to right the ship and get some positive things done with only five games left in the regular season and four of those being conference games.

The veteran cornerback gets a lot of respect in the NFL and quarterbacks might not feel as comfortable targeting the eight-time Pro Bowl defensive back on a pass instead of a less experienced defensive back in coverage.

Since this is a short week for the purple and gold, it will be tough for other players to be able to re-join the Vikings. Linebackers Eric Kendricks and Anthony Barr both missed Sunday’s game with offensive tackle Christian Darrisaw also unable to suit up for the contest.

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Times are getting desperate in the Twin Cities and getting Patrick Peterson back is definitely good news. Hopefully, more of the injured Minnesota Vikings players can heal fully and return to the team soon.