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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: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: December 26, 2011 11:36 pm

Adrian Peterson out 8-9 months after knee surgery

He will definitely be back next season. I dont think he will be ready for the start of it but probably by the 4th week he will be back in there. Because he is a world class athlete his recovery time will be less than the average joe because of the muscles he currently has. 6-9 months is a normal recovery time frame. And he will most definitely play the rest of his career with a brace on. I had this same injury and was back playing college baseball 5 months later (with a brace). Just depends on how hard he works. But he is a gamer and a dedicated man so I wont even be surprised if he is ready for the start of next season

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: December 26, 2011 10:40 pm

Adrian Peterson out 8-9 months after knee surgery

Had same injury when i was in the Army, his is a little worse. Took me almost a year of intense rehab to pass my APFT (fitness test). I couldnt imagine playing football in the NFL 8-9 months out from that surgery. I had good doctors and hard rehab. He is going to miss the entire next season, no doubt in my mind.

Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: December 26, 2011 8:49 pm

Adrian Peterson out 8-9 months after knee surgery

Devastating news for Peterson and the Vikings.  He's truly one of the greats in the game and well on his way to putting himself in the conversation as an all-time great in the NFL. 

Hopefully he makes a full recovery and he can continue to produce at a high level. 

Since: Nov 27, 2008
Posted on: December 26, 2011 8:44 pm

Adrian Peterson out 8-9 months after knee surgery

EASY to say after the fact that he shouldnt have been on the field but the mans a player and he wanted to play. You cant keep a guy like that down .This injury is a freak and its bad but its part of the game. He's tough .... he ' ll be back. He's a football player and he was playing football ... just like he gets paid to do. Terrible injury of course but now that its done , its done , and lets all hope he gets better quick so we can all enjoy watching the best back in the NFL again as soon as possible.

Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: December 26, 2011 8:01 pm

Adrian Peterson out 8-9 months after knee surgery

Hate to see any player get hurt, but the damage AP's knee sounds about as bad as it can get.  The worst knee injury I remember was when Wendell Davis injured both knees on one play (on the horrible turf at Vet Stadium).  AP's injury is so similar to another Viking, Daunte Culpepper.  #11 tried to come back from his injutry in less than a year (with Miami).  He never was the same. 

Unfortunately, as an RB, AP has a steep, steep mountain to climb.  His injury sounds like a train wreck - ACL, MCL and meniscus.  So sad.

I think AP should take 18 months to strenghten his knee. maybe getting some of that cutting edge treatment that Kobe and others got in Germany for various injuries.

Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: December 26, 2011 7:21 pm

Adrian Peterson out 8-9 months after knee surgery

Sorry for the adversity,but this is where we find out who we are.If we want it or if we're happy being talented but no so much on the rubber meeting the road,rehab.Love to watch him run.In my prayers Adrian.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: December 26, 2011 6:30 pm

Adrian Peterson out 8-9 months after knee surgery

Horrible news for one he11 of a player. Also, extremely unfortunate for the Vikings organization. I wish him the best and hopenhe can come back in the future. The only silver lining is the guaranteed money he receives with his most recent contract. Just awful news for a classy dude.

Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: December 26, 2011 5:26 pm

Adrian Peterson out 8-9 months after knee surgery

OK, I heard the punch line... I don't get the joke.  AP may be able to walk fine next September but his muscles will not be back to game shape.  It was bad enough to have him playing in a game with no meaning (except to ruin a shot at Andrew Luck), but to talk like they are sure he'll be ready makes the organization look second-rate. 

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: December 26, 2011 4:37 pm

Adrian Peterson out 8-9 months after knee surgery

Only 9 months of recovery time? What world do the vikings live in. It takes at least 12-18 months for star athletes to fully recover. And that does not take into account the fear one deals with when he gets back to playing again. 

Since: Dec 26, 2011
Posted on: December 26, 2011 4:31 pm

Adrian Peterson out 8-9 months after knee surgery


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