Adrian Peterson returns to practice on Friday

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, 30, returned to the practice field on Friday. Peterson had missed two practice sessions on Wednesday and Thursday due to a sprain to his left ankle.

Peterson injured his left ankle on Sunday December 20, 2015 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis Minnesota during the Vikings 38-17 win over the Chicago Bears.

Peterson had his ankle injury examined by physicians in Minneapolis on Monday. The results of the test showed that his ankle injury was not going to sideline him for the next football game versus the New York Giants that will be played at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis Minnesota on Sunday December 27, 2015.

Peterson was listed as probable on the National Football League injury report that was submitted to the league officials on Friday by officials of the Vikings.

Peterson will be able to make his next start as the lead running back of the Vikings on Sunday evening when the Vikings (9-5) will be hosting the New York Giants (6-8) in Minneapolis.

The Vikings are currently in second place in the National Football Conference North Division standings one game behind the Green Bay Packers (10-4).

The Vikings are in contention to qualify for the playoffs if the Carolina Panthers defeat the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday afternoon at the Georgia Dome.

The other way the Vikings can qualify for the playoffs is if the Seattle Seahawks defeat or tie the St. Louis Rams at CenturyLink Field in Seattle Washington on Sunday afternoon.

The last year that the Minnesota Vikings qualified to make the postseason was in 2012 when they finished in second place in the National Football Conference North Division standings with a record of 10 wins and six losses.

The Vikings lost to the Green Bay Packers by a final score of 24-10 Wild Card Round on January 5, 2013 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay Wisconsin.

Peterson was a first round draft choice of the Minnesota Vikings in the 2007 National Football League Draft out of the University of Oklahoma.

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