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Vikings Activate Harrison Smith, Designate Patrick Peterson for Return from IR


EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings on Wednesday announced Harrison Smith has been activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list and that Patrick Peterson has been designated for return/returned to practice from Injured Reserve.

Smith, who told reporters in June that he was unvaccinated, has missed the past two games since landing on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.

Rookie Camryn Bynum filled in for the five-time Pro Bowler and had a sack and interception over the past two games.

Peterson suffered a hamstring injury late in Minnesota's Week 6 game at Carolina.

The past three games are the first the 11-year pro has ever missed because of an injury.

Peterson hinted at his return on social media earlier this week.

The Vikings will have a three-week window in which to evaluate Peterson before they must activate him or revert him to Injured Reserve.

Second-year pro Cameron Dantzler has filled in for Peterson.

The Vikings (4-5) host the Packers (8-2) at noon (CT) Sunday.