The Minnesota Vikings are in a bit of a hole following word that running back Adrian Peterson will be undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus.
NFL.com reports that the Vikings have signed up Ronnie Hillman to fill up the void though Minnesota may want to keep their options open at running back. There are a lot of interesting players that coach Mike Zimmer can consider just in case he needs alternatives.
CJ Spiller and Joique Bell could be interesting choices. However, the Vikings will need to move fast to secure them.
Spiller a hot commodity
CJ Spiller is one of the top free agent running backs available in the market and the Vikings will need to decide fast. There are other teams interested in the services of the 29-year-old such as the Green Bay Packers, according to ESPN.
Spiller previously played for the New Orleans Saints, rushing 36 times for 112 yards and adding 34 receptions for 239 yards and two scores. Unfortunately, that was not enough as the Saints opted to go with Travaris Cadet.
Joique Bell bringing veteran smarts
Like Spiller, another free agent who could be signed up soon is Joique Bell. The Vikings could add a veteran of his caliber though the word out is that the Detroit Lions are in the lead, CBS reported.
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Nothing has been made official and Bell was one of the high-profile running backs after two weeks into the NFL season. With nothing definite on a possible return to Detroit, Zimmer needs to think fast and decide if another running back would be needed in the mix.
One factor that could pan out is the fact that Peterson could return as early as December. A lot of it will depend on how fast a healer he is with temporary additions likely cut when “AP” is ready.
Regardless, it would be premature to rush him back into action which could eventually hurt the Vikings chances. But then again, it would depend on where the team is at which includes a possible NFC playoff spot.