Seahawks signing former MVP Adrian Peterson to practice squad

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The Seattle Seahawks are signing former MVP running back Adrian Peterson to their practice squad. Head coach Pete Carroll announced the news to reporters Wednesday afternoon.

Peterson last played for the Tennessee Titans for three games this season before being waived on Nov. 23. Prior to signing with the Titans, Peterson, 36, remained a free agent through the first eight weeks of the NFL season. He ran 27 times for 82 yards (3 yards per carry) and a touchdown with Tennessee as part of a committee filling in for an injured Derrick Henry.

The three-time NFL rushing champion 2012 league MVP with the Minnesota Vikings last saw a full-time role with the Detroit Lions in 2020, where he played all 16 games including 10 starts.

"We're trying to get ready to win this football game," Carroll said. ... "Excited to see if he can help us out and give us a little something.

"He's a player that I've known forever, way back to his high school days and admired him tremendously over the years. Always disappointed we didn't get him back in the day (at USC). But like I just told him, we finally got him."

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - NOVEMBER 14:  Adrian Peterson #8 of the Tennessee Titans looks for someone in the stands after a game against the New Orleans Saints at Nissan Stadium on November 14, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee.  The Titans defeated the Saints 23-21.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Adrian Peterson is signing on with his second team this season. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Where will Peterson fit in Seattle?

Seattle's lead running back Chris Carson has been sidelined with a neck injury since Week 5 and underwent season-ending surgery in November to address neck pain that's plagued him since the start of the season.

Alex Collins has carried the bulk of the running load in Carson's absence this season with 395 yards on 101 carries. Rashaad Penny returned from a calf injury in Week 7 only to see limited production before a hamstring injury sidelined him again ahead of Monday's loss to the Washington Football Team. He's not expected to be available for Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers.

The 3-8 Seahawks have little to play for at this point with their playoff hopes all but extinguished.