Vikings activate Patrick Peterson from injured reserve ahead of Sunday’s game against Packers

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The Minnesota Vikings will have veteran cornerback Patrick Peterson back in the lineup for Sunday’s home game against the Packers. The eight-time Pro Bowler was activated off of injured reserve on Saturday, as Peterson will return after missing the past three games with a hamstring injury. 

After being designated to return, Peterson practiced on Wednesday for the first time since sustaining the injury. During his time on the sideline, Peterson requested a headset so he could listen to the Vikings’ defensive calls against the Chargers, Ravens and Cowboys. He also stretched with teammates prior to practice during his time on injured reserve. 

“It definitely was tough for me,” Peterson said about his time on injured reserve, via the Vikings’ team website. “But the easiest way to not lose focus or not lose engagement was continuing to study as if I was playing and helping the young guys with a couple of nuggets I could give them throughout the week of preparation to help them play a little bit faster to go out there and be successful on the field. It definitely was miserable, something I’ve never had to do before, but thank God it’s over.”

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