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MRI reveals Adrian Peterson tore his ACL

Posted on: December 24, 2011 10:47 pm
Edited on: December 24, 2011 10:51 pm

By Josh Katzowitz

Earlier Saturday evening, we told you about the report that Vikings running back Adrian Peterson tore his ACL today. That breaking news, unfortunately for the Vikings, was accurate, and it, in fact, might be even worse.

The team announced Saturday night that an MRI confirmed that Peterson had torn his ACL and that coach Leslie Frazier would discuss the matter at his Monday afternoon news conference. ESPN 1500’s Tom Pelissero also reported that Peterson tore his MCL but did not tear his PCL.

This confirmation, of course, was what Peterson was afraid of after Redskins safety DeJon Gomes blasted him from the side and bent his knee in an unnatural direction.

"It was very severe, the pain was," Peterson said after the Minnesota win. "Once it kind of eased up, I was able to kind of roll around and kind of grasp what just took place."

More from Pelissero:
Surgery may not occur for several weeks, depending on the extent of additional ligament and/or cartilage damage.

An optimistic timetable would have Peterson returning to action no sooner than September. And recent research suggests even an athlete of Peterson's caliber may struggle to return to his previous performance level.

It is, to say the least, a terrible piece of news for Peterson and the organization.

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Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: December 25, 2011 9:35 am

MRI reveals Adrian Peterson tore his ACL

I wanted to add that I was unaware of AP having an injury to his ankle prior to this game.  I don't know the severity of that injury but it definitely makes me understand the reactions of the posters a little more.  If the ankle wasn't 100% then I would probably change my opinion on playing him and agree that caution should have been taken here and AP would have been better served to rest.  Once again, I think it may fall back to those performance bonuses.

Since: Nov 20, 2009
Posted on: December 25, 2011 9:29 am

MRI reveals Adrian Peterson tore his ACL

Everything being said, that he shouldn't have been playing, no point to risk him, etc... is all very true. But in truth, if they were 12-2 going into that game, fighting for a top seed, it still could've happened. It can happen any time, to any player. Sad though.

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: December 25, 2011 9:28 am

MRI reveals Adrian Peterson tore his ACL

two words, Willis McGahee!! AP , can be back, as McGahee has only been around close to 10 years after blowing out his knee to even a worse looking injury!

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: December 25, 2011 9:26 am

MRI reveals Adrian Peterson tore his ACL

I said before that I am an AP fan and it's sad to see a player of his caliber get injured in (as many have said) a meaningless game.  However, there is no way to blame the Vikings here.  First of all, the Vikings have been mathematically eliminated for weeks now.  If you feel Peterson shouldn't have played yesterday, then he (and any other player in the team's future plans for that matter) should have been shelved weeks ago.  I'd be pretty upset with the Vikings if I was a season ticket holder and all I got to see was taxi squad guys the second they were eliminated.

Secondly, and most importantly, is AP himself.  A guy with that much competitive fire isn't going to react favorably if he's shelved for Toby G.  I can't see anyone who is a sure-fire HOFer like AP simply not care about reaching milestones. He was only 30 yards shy of 1000.  This is not to say AP is a me-first, stat-driven player, it's simply human nature for great players to want to achieve individual goals as well as team goals.   For example, I haven't heard anyone argue that Drew Brees gunning for Marino's record has hurt his team.  Plus, I'm not sure what it says in AP's contract, but many players get performance bonuses for achievements like 1000yds rushing for a season, being named to the Pro Bowl, etc..  I'm not sure if this is the case here, but the Vikings would be crucified by Peterson's camp, the entire fanbase, and probably the Players Union, if they started sitting guys to prevent them from hitting contract incentives.

Lastly, we all hate to see injuries like this and it's especially disheartening when it happens to one of the top talents in the league but there really isn't any blame to be passed here.  Football is a dangerous game to play and your career could be over in one play.  I'll assure you that AP knows it and accepts it.  If you were able to speak with him personally I would 100% guarantee that he was not upset in the least that he was out there and if the doctors cleared him he'd want to be out there next week.

Good Luck AP!     

Since: Nov 8, 2010
Posted on: December 25, 2011 9:04 am

MRI reveals Adrian Peterson tore his ACL

You are such a child.

Since: Dec 13, 2009
Posted on: December 25, 2011 8:01 am

MRI reveals Adrian Peterson tore his ACL

The Wilfs put the heat on for the last two games.  They changed their mind from the previous week about saying the head coach was safe to a wait and see as far as who they wanted to oversee the rebuilding process.  Leslie Frazier was and is coaching for his job.  He's not playing the scrubs when his butt is on the line.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 25, 2011 7:27 am

MRI reveals Adrian Peterson tore his ACL

The head coach & all his assistants should be fired.AP was the elite player on this 2-12 team.Sure they beat the 'skins, but it cost them dearly.

Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: December 25, 2011 7:11 am

MRI reveals Adrian Peterson tore his ACL

oh man>   You hit it right on the head. This season was over for this team anyway. First thought that went through my mind was, who allowed him to be in there. I don't care what kind of excuse they come up with. I don't care if they say, "well he wanted to play". He had to be running different with that ankel injury, to begin with. To risk one of the two offensive players this team had, to build on for next year, is inexcusable. So next year this coaching staff comes back with what? No qb no rb a defense that is over the hill at most positions, and a head coach that has shown that he is in over his head, and not man enough to tell AP your not going to play, with that ankle and risk getting hurt. Think this year was bad, wait till next year. What will they intice the fans with on building that new stadium with next year? Oh yeah, they still have Harvin.
I feel so bad for AP, what a waste of a what may have been one of the all time greats. That coaching staff and the owner, should have a hard time looking in the mirror this morning. This took a little merry out of merry christmass. So pissed!!!!

Go Vikes!!!

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: December 25, 2011 2:38 am

MRI reveals Adrian Peterson tore his ACL

I agree with the people that are saying their is no way he should have played in this game.  I know it was the ankle bothering him and not the knee coming in but why risk an injury like this when your 2-12 and going no where.  Didnt he hurt his knee in college as well?  I doubt he is anywhere near elite status after a 2nd knee operation.  He will still be Nfl running back but I think his days off dominating are over and all because of dumb coaching call to play him in a meaningless game.

Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: December 25, 2011 2:23 am

MRI reveals Adrian Peterson tore his ACL

This will not end or break his career, but I doubt he'll dominate AS much as he used to.  Pretty sad day for football in my opinion - this guy is once in a generation.

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