EAGAN, Minn. — Patrick Peterson is cleared for takeoff.
The Minnesota Vikings activated on Saturday activated Peterson, an 11-year veteran who has repeatedly referred to his even demeanor as "cruising altitude."
Peterson had landed on Injured Reserve after suffering a hamstring injury late in Minnesota's Week 6 game at Carolina.
The bye week followed in Week 7, and then Peterson was required to miss at least three games because of his placement on IR.
The Vikings designated him for return on Wednesday, opening a 21-day window to evaluate the cornerback. The team needed just three practices to determine he's ready to return to action.
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A stiff test awaits with the Vikings (4-5) hosting the Green Bay Packers (8-2) at noon (CT) Sunday.
The past three games were the first that Peterson has ever missed because of injury. He described his approach to rehab and how he stayed connected with the team while he was sidelined. He stretched with teammates before every practice and requested a headset to hear Head Coach Mike Zimmer call the game. Peterson also explained his takeaways from the experience and his memories from playing Green Bay while with Arizona.
The Vikings also announced they have elevated safety Myles Dorn from the practice squad as a COVID-19 replacement.
Dorn has appeared in two games this season (at Arizona in Week 2 and at Los Angeles last week). The 2020 undrafted free agent played 10 snaps on special teams against the Cardinals in his NFL debut and 17 against the Chargers.