The Minnesota Vikings running back told Dash Radio on Friday that he intends to play this week against the Indianapolis Colts.
“Being out there confirmed I’m ready to roll,” Peterson said, via the Star Tribune. “I’ve had my head in the playbook.”
The Vikings would need to make a corresponding move to activate Peterson to the 53-man roster.
All Day has been out since Sept. 18 with a torn meniscus. He returned to practice this week.
The Vikings could certainly use a boost on the ground. Behind a porous offensive line, Minnesota ranks last in the NFL with just 73.4 rushing yards per game. Prior to the injury in Week 2, Peterson was averaging just 1.6 yards per carry.
Coach Dan Quinn said Thursday that he wanted to see Jones “explode pain-free” before green-lighting him for Sunday. That obviously didn’t happen, leaving Mohamed Sanu and Taylor Gabriel to operate as the team’s top two receivers against the Niners.
If there’s a week to sit Jones, this would be it. The 49ers are allowing more points per game than any team in the league while the versatile Falcons are scoring more per tilt than anyone else. With Jones out of the lineup last week, the Falcons still dropped 42 points on the Rams.
In the thick of a playoff race, Atlanta can hardly afford to rest Jones after Week 15, but it makes plenty of sense to get him as healthy as possible for the final two weeks of the regular season — and beyond.