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Adrian Peterson out 8-9 months after knee surgery

Posted on: December 26, 2011 10:44 am
Edited on: December 26, 2011 4:44 pm
2012 could already be a problem for AP. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

On Saturday, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson suffered an absolutely horrific injury. On Monday, trainer Eric Sugarman announced that Peterson tore his ACL, MCL and both the media and lateral meniscus in his left knee, will require surgery soon and is expected to miss eight to nine months of time doing rehab and recovery.

Per our Vikings Rapid Reporter Joe Oberle, that "leaves his PCL, LCL and chondral surface of his knee non-injured."

"Basically our goal now with Adrian is restore his range of motion, decrease the swelling and keep his quadriceps strong in order to prepare him for surgery, which is going to probably be in the next 7-10 days," Sugarman said. "We expect most people to recover from this injury in 8-9 months and instead of comparing Adrian to any other player at any level that has ever had an anterior cruciate ligament, and they happen every day, I really would like Adrian to stand on his own merit."

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Therefore, it's quite possible the beginning of next year could be in danger for Peterson as well. Sports Illustrated's Peter King spoke to Vikings coach Leslie Frazier on Sunday and, while the coach is optimistic, reading between the lines makes it pretty clear that Peterson won't come into 2012 fully healthy.

"Wes Welker's rare," Frazier told King. "But I talked to Adrian on the plane on the way home last night. He's down, of course. But he will attack his rehab viciously. He is such a strong-minded guy. We won't know everything about the damage until the surgery is done, but we think if everything goes perfectly, Adrian will be back to play at the start of next season.

"I think he'll turn out to be one of those case studies people look at when they want to see how a guy rehabbed to come back strong."

First, let me point out that I actually kind of agree with Frazier here: Peterson is a beast, and if there was one person in the NFL who needed to work hard enough to beat a medical timeline, Peterson is that guy. Additionally, he's returned from a major injury (a broken collarbone he suffered while diving into the end zone in college) before and dominated after it.

But that doesn't mean that Frazier should get off light simply because Peterson is a physical freak of nature. As noted in "Sorting the Sunday Pile," the Vikings have been running out banged-up players in games that don't matter all year and now it's could cost Frazier in a big way when it comes to the success in his second year as Vikings coach.

My colleague Charley Casserly agreed too, pointing out that someone with the Vikings should have "dragged out" Peterson's rehab for the rest of the season to make sure he was healthy heading into the offseason.

There was simply no need for AP to be on the field during a meaningless game at the end of a lost season. And as a result, it's possible it could cost the Vikings well into the next season.

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Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 1:45 pm

Adrian Peterson out 8-9 months after knee surgery

Maybe he can pull a Wes Welker and be ready for opening day.  Time will tell.

Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 11:46 am

Adrian Peterson out 8-9 months after knee surgery

Lose AP, lose the 1st round pick in the 2012 draft, and win the game. The Vikings have done everything absolutely wrong in 2011. The final 2 games should have been reserved for the reserves.  

Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 10:35 am

Adrian Peterson out 8-9 months after knee surgery

Watching A.P get carted off the field made me sick,knowing that he didnt even need to be out there on the field in a lost season. My first thought was to scream at FRAZIER for putting him out there but also knowing that ADRIAN himself said he wanted to play and be out on the field with his teamates. ADRIAN PETERSON made the decision to play and he got hurt bad,wasnt anyone else's fault just another freak injury and that i have NO DOUBT he will return by next season.The biggest obstacle to overcome is the ability to trust the knee when done rehabbing and he will also have to strenghten the other knee so that one doesnt blow out also.

Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 9:18 am

Adrian Peterson out 8-9 months after knee surgery

He will be back at the beginning of August.  Athletes in the NFL tend to heal quickly, especially with the season fast approaching.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 9:00 am

Adrian Peterson out 8-9 months after knee surgery

Culpepper was the first thing I thought about..he had the same injury and was never ever the same.  For a RB to have such a devastating injury is even worse.

If..and that is a big IF..AP comes back I highly doubt he will be near the same guy he was before his knee was destroyed.  If fact it would be no surprise if Peterson never makes it back at all from this injury.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 7:41 am

Adrian Peterson out 8-9 months after knee surgery

It's easier to say that the man wanted to play and that pride should come before common sense.  In one way or another, the Vikings were/are playing for next year, or at least they should be.  That means taking care of their valuable assets instead of letting pride take over.  Concussions and their aftereffects notwithstanding, it seems to me that real knee damage is always the heartbreaker in football.  I can remember back to when Gale Sayers got carried off the field in 1968.  Unfortunately he was never the same after that injury.  More recently I remember how knee injuries did in Terrell Davis.  Hopefully Peterson is given the latitude to FULLY recover before stepping out onto the field again.

Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 1:57 am

Adrian Peterson out 8-9 months after knee surgery

The sad part is, guys coming back from this injury can take a long time to get back to top form even after they are healed.  Just to mentally trust the knee again takes time.

Hopefully, with the top notch medical staff available, and the fact he's a world class athlete, he'll bounce back without too much adversity.  He's one of teh best in the game and a treat to watch.

Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:43 am

Adrian Peterson out 8-9 months after knee surgery

Very nasty unfortunate injury for AP ! Good luck and a speedy healthy recovery AP !  Happy Holidays To All !

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:17 am

Adrian Peterson out 8-9 months after knee surgery

As a Packer fan I would be happy if did not play against Green Bay but not like this. I hope he makes a quick recovery.


Since: Dec 10, 2010
Posted on: December 26, 2011 11:57 pm

Adrian Peterson out 8-9 months after knee surgery

... is probably going to take more than just a few games out in 2012, being in gameshape after such a long lay off takes time.  I think is absurb to suggest he shouldn't had been on the field.  Imagine what the league would look like if every NFL star wouldn't play after their team is eliminated.  Every team and player has pride and a duty to win games, period. 

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