FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2016, file photo, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson carries the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, in Minneapolis. Peterson is returning to practice this week for the Vik
Andy Clayton-King, File
December 17, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have reinstated running back Adrian Peterson from injured reserve, clearing the way for him to return Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.

The Vikings announced the roster move Saturday. Peterson said in a radio interview Friday that he plans to return after sitting out the previous 11 games with a torn right meniscus. He has not played since Week 2 against Green Bay.

The Vikings (7-6) are playing under the assumption they need to win their final three games to have a shot at the playoffs, and Peterson's return should help their cause.

Minnesota cut defensive tackle Toby Johnson to make room on the roster for Peterson.

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