Seahawks sign 4-time All-Pro RB Adrian Peterson to practice squad

Dec 1, 2021, 2:28 PM
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Adrian Peterson of the Tennessee Titans runs with the ball against the Houston Texans in the first half. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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The Seahawks have struggled to run the ball of late and are severely beat up at running back. Now, they’ll turn to a future Hall of Famer to try and get the running game going.

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After reports surfaced Wednesday morning that four-time All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson was visiting the Seahawks, head coach Pete Carroll told reporters during his press conference that the 36-year-old Peterson is signing with the team as a member of the practice squad.

“I’m excited to see if he can help us out and give us a little something,” Carroll said, adding that he’s known Peterson “forever” and tried to recruit him to USC before the running back chose to play in college at Oklahoma.

Peterson entered the NFL in 2007 as a first-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings. In 10 seasons in Minnesota, Peterson rushed for 11,747 yards and 97 touchdowns, earning All-Pro honors four times and Pro Bowl honors six times. He rushed for over 1,000 yards seven times, including over 2,000 yards in 2012. He won the NFL’s rushing title three times with the Vikings and is fifth in NFL history in career rushing yards with 14,902.

Peterson’s last season in Minnesota was in 2016. He played in just three games due to a knee injury.

After that, Peterson played 10 games in 2017 – four for the New Orleans Saints and six for the Arizona Cardinals.

Peterson joined the Washington Football Team in 2018 and rushed for over 1,000 yards and in 2019, he had 898 on the ground.

Peterson played in 16 games (10 starts) for the Detroit Lions last season, rushing for 604 yards and seven touchdowns. He joined the Tennessee Titans this year and played in three games, tallying just 82 yards on 27 rushing attempts with one score before he was cut.

Right now, the Seahawks have four running backs on the 53-man roster in Alex Collins, DeeJay Dallas, Rashaad Penny and Travis Homer as starting running back Chris Carson is out for the year after undergoing neck surgery.

Collins (groin) is banged up but has been playing and starting while Penny (hamstring) and Homer (calf) each missed Monday’s game in Washington.

The addition of Peterson gives the Seahawks two running backs on the practice squad along with Josh Johnson.

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