Adrian Peterson Injury: Updates on Vikings Star's Back and Recovery

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured Columnist

Chicago Bears linebacker John Timu (53) grabs Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson suffered a lower-back injury against the Green Bay Packers on Jan. 3. Peterson returned for the final drive of the game and won't miss further game action.

Continue for updates.

Peterson Active for Wild Card

Sunday, Jan. 10

The Vikings announced Peterson was available to play against the Seattle Seahawks.

Latest on Peterson's Practice Status

Friday, Jan. 8

The team announced Peterson did not participate in Thursday's practice session. However, he was listed as a full participant on Friday.

Peterson's X-Ray Results Revealed 

Sunday, Jan. 3

X-rays on his back were negative, and head coach Mike Zimmer said Peterson would be "fine," per Andrew Krammer of ESPN 1500.

Peterson Enjoying Terrific 2015 Season

Peterson sprained his ankle in the Vikings' Week 15 win over the Chicago Bears, but that didn't force him to miss much action.

Other than that brief scare, Peterson has been relatively healthy during a year in which he's been at the front and center of Minnesota's offense. While quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has been solid in spots, the Vikings have been one of the league's least prolific teams through the air.

Case in point: Heading into Week 17, the Vikings ranked 31st in total passing yards. If not for Peterson's ability to keep the chains moving and stack the box in order to open up throwing lanes for Bridgewater, there's no telling how shaky Minnesota's offense would have been.

Through 15 games, Peterson rushed for 1,418 yards and 10 touchdowns while catching 29 passes for 221 yards.

His health will go a long way toward deciding how far the Vikings go in the playoffs.