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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: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: December 26, 2011 4:16 pm

Start of next season in doubt for Adrian Peterson

Best of luck on your recovery AP.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 26, 2011 3:54 pm

Start of next season in doubt for Adrian Peterson

Here's what I know about knees.  Each one is different!  Is is possible that AP can rehab and be back for the start of the season.  It's also equally possible, and maybe even more likely, that he could miss all of next year.  A torn ACL is one thing.  A torn ACL, MCL, and a sprained PCL, in the same knee...

Well, I'm not going to suggest that his career is over, but that scenario is a mess.  Medical advancement or not.  I am hoping for the best, for the best running back in football. 

Since: Dec 26, 2011
Posted on: December 26, 2011 3:23 pm

Start of next season in doubt for Adrian Peterson

you guys are ALL turds to my eye...AP will definitely be out for a bit, and may never quite be the same. Did any of you morons even see how bad the hit was?

Since: Apr 29, 2010
Posted on: December 26, 2011 3:11 pm

Start of next season in doubt for Adrian Peterson

Right on ramman. Sprain's are only a good thing when they are grade 1 or 2. Grade 3 like AP's aren't that much better than a fracture in terms of the missed time in rehab. And frankly most people could have determined from watching the play that it wasn't the type of sprain anybody recovers from quickly, so there really was never any "spinning" done by anyone.

Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: December 26, 2011 3:05 pm
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Since: Aug 30, 2009
Posted on: December 26, 2011 2:52 pm

Start of next season in doubt for Adrian Peterson

Buckeye1952 - 'Think before you speak.' 
Ironic, coming from a guy whose post is full of 'talk out of my A$$' syndrome.  Get over yourself, and enjoy you Buckeye bowl game this year and next...oh, wait...

Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: December 26, 2011 2:20 pm

Start of next season in doubt for Adrian Peterson

Its comical to me when sports writers have no clue whatsoever about basic medical terminology.  The Vikes didn't "spin" anything by saying the injury was a sprain.  IT WAS A SPRAIN.   Any ligament tear is a sprain.  Any muscle injury is a strain.  The extent of the tear and which ligaments are torn only tells of the severity of the injury / sprain.  They had no way of knowing how bad the sprain was prior to the MRI. Mr. Brinson if you're going to do this for a living please educate yourself. 

Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: December 26, 2011 2:06 pm

Start of next season in doubt for Adrian Peterson

     STD is probably the same troll who was making completely tasteless posts about deceased NFL players like LeeRoy Selmon.  I guess CBS cancels their account but apparently this turd can't be completely flushed and continues to resurface under various aliases.

;As for AP, I hope he can make a full recovery and come back strong next year.  An earlier poster talked about him being "fragile" and I totally disagree.  AP is a beast and with the Vikes below-average passing game, teams can stack their defenses to stop him but he still does well.  

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: December 26, 2011 2:03 pm

Start of next season in doubt for Adrian Peterson

Actually the word in Mn is that he may not play at all next year. That knee is REALLY messed up.

That is the stupidist thing ever. When injuries happen to superstars the nation takes notice. Minnistota probably has one of the least knowlege of his situation. Is the "Word" coming from your brother ?

Peterson's done for this season, obviously, but because of the nature of his injury, it's possible the beginning of next year could be in danger as well.

   I am going to guess this came from someone outside Minnistota.

Tell me where you heard "THE WORD" so we can fact check you or atleast know how much weight it has.

Since: Mar 31, 2008
Posted on: December 26, 2011 1:56 pm

Start of next season in doubt for Adrian Peterson

Thank you Jim Tressel...

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