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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: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: December 25, 2011 12:09 am

MRI reveals Adrian Peterson tore his ACL

I feel really bad for Peterson, he has been great to watch even as a Packer fan.  The Vikings management is so stupid, they should have traded him prior to the season in the first place to rebuild their pathetic team.  A HOF QB couldn't help them last year due to the terrible offensive line and this year promised to be even worse, what were they thinking keeping Peterson.  Did they really think that they would be good anytime soon???  Delusional.  And now AP is hurt.  Good job Vikes, run your team into the ground and get a potential HOF RB seriously hurt.  As a Packer fan I love to see the Vikes suck now that Brett is gone, but man o man, how stupid.

Since: Aug 1, 2010
Posted on: December 24, 2011 11:26 pm

MRI reveals Adrian Peterson tore his ACL

I'm not a Vikings fan at all. I am really saddened for this to happen to such a great player. I know it's not as drastic but very Bo Jackson like. I can only hope that he makes it back.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 24, 2011 11:14 pm

MRI reveals Adrian Peterson tore his ACL

This is bad news, not just for the Vikings or Peterson, but for the entire NFL.Running backs like Peterson don't come around every year.I thought the Twins were boneheads, but what did the Vikings have to gain by using Peterson in the first place.They came in at 2-12, so they won & are 3-12.They probably lost a spot in the draft too.Peterson has a long time to recover & ,chances are, he wont be the same runner.Head coaches make all the decisions & Leslie Frasier may be unemployed real soon.

Since: Nov 2, 2011
Posted on: December 24, 2011 11:08 pm

MRI reveals Adrian Peterson tore his ACL

AP is a straight out CLASS ACT! This is horrible, he could of sat back and waited til he was 100% but he is a competitor and wants to earn his money! The way he works and his character, he'll be back!

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: December 24, 2011 11:02 pm

MRI reveals Adrian Peterson tore his ACL

Good thing he signed that new $100M contract in September! Maybe not so good for the Vikings, because AP is probably finished as an elite RB in the NFL.

Since: May 15, 2010
Posted on: December 24, 2011 10:56 pm

MRI reveals Adrian Peterson tore his ACL

That's unfortunate, to say the least. I'm a Packer fan and I live in Minnesota, so I've seen a lot of people suffering through this season -- it's been a nightmare for the locals. I hope he has a speedy recovery, because Peterson is a heck of a competitor.

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