Hillman totaled 50 rushing yards on 18 carries and added 43 yards on four catches in five games with the Vikings. That has been considered a possible return timetable for Peterson since he underwent surgery September 22 for a torn meniscus.
Peterson had an exam late last week and could start running this week.
Without Peterson in the lineup, the Vikings have struggled with their ground game.
Adrian Peterson, who underwent surgery to fix a right lateral meniscus tear on September 22, is making solid progress in his recovery and could be back on the field for the Minnesota Vikings by mid-to-late December, according to league sources. "I wouldn't put nothing past this guy".
And according to a report on Monday, their chances of being a serious force in the playoffs got a lot brighter-because 2012 MVP Adrian Peterson is eyeing a mid-December return. His makeup is definitely a fighter.
To take Hillman's spot on the active roster the Vikings promoted defensive end Stephen Weatherly from the practice squad. "That's a tough injury to come back from".
Hillman, the former Denver running back, was signed on September 21 after the significance of Adrian Peterson's knee injury became clear. "So he feels like if he can come back and definitely contribute to us winning, he definitely will do it". The Vikings played each of those games with McKinnon and Asiata as the only active running backs.