Dealing with countless injuries to the running back position, the Seattle Seahawks are turning to an old face in a new place.
Adrian Peterson, who signed with Seattle this week, is expected to start in the backfield Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers and get the bulk of the carries, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL GameDay Morning.
The Seahawks raised Peterson to the active roster Saturday, three days after signing the 36-year-old future Hall of Famer for the training team.
Peterson, who had been unemployed at the start of the 2021 season, was released by the Tennessee Titans on November 23 after a three-game stretch in Nashville where the injured Derrick Henry was filled. In those three competitions, Peterson recorded two starts, played 54 snaps, carried the ball 27 times in 82 yards (3.0 YPC) and a score, and caught four passes on 8 yards.
Russell Wilson and the 3-8 Seahawks need all the help they can get on the offensive side of the ball, and certainly hope Peterson will provide it; Seattle has not blacked out over 300 total yards or 100 rushing yards since Week 6 and is without starter Chris Carson for the rest of the season with a neck injury. Without Carson in the lineup, the fading Seahawks have turned to Alex Collins, DeeJay Dallas, Rashaad Penny and Travis Homer in recent weeks. But Collins (stomach), Penny (hoarding) and Homer (calf) are all doubtful to play Sunday.
So it’s Peterson’s turn, in his 15th NFL season and after just two days of training in the Pacific Northwest, to sign off on a start for his second NFL team in a single campaign. This will be the second time Peterson has played for two teams in the same season, the last event coming in 2017 (one start with the Saints, six starts with the Cardinals).
“He’s serious about playing. He’s not just here to show,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said this week about Peterson. “He’s here to come here and try to help us win a match.”
Seattle hosts San Francisco (6-5) at Lumen Field at 4:25 p.m. ET Sunday.