Vikings confident Shaun Hill can handle RB duties until Adrian Peterson returns

MINNEAPOLIS — Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer today said that while the team is disappointed it will be without Adrian Peterson for at least the the next two months, the team is ready to move forward with backup Shaun Hill.

“Shaun is a professional who knows our offense well,” Zimmer said told reporters. “Most people don’t realize this, but he has 329 rushing yards in his career and four rushing touchdowns. I’d say he’s more prepared to play running back in the NFL than Julian Edelman is to play quarterback in New England. And Shuan might be older than most running backs at age 36, but he doesn’t have a lot of wear and tear on him for his age. Coaches have limited his carries in the past.”

The head coach also stressed that Hill started and played admirably in Week 1, rushing for 8 yards in a win. “Shaun busted a 9-yarder in that game, too,” said Zimmer. “We’re excited about the big play ability he provides in the backfield.”

Hill says he is willing to do anything he can to help the team win.

“I haven’t played running back since 4th grade. But, sure, I’ll give it a go,” he said. “I kind of suspected this when I heard we weren’t able to land Darren Sproles in a trade with the Eagles.”