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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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Comments

Since: Jan 16, 2011
Posted on: December 26, 2011 1:55 pm
 

Start of next season in doubt for Adrian Peterson

As a Detroit Lion fan, I wish you the best of luck on your recovery AP.  You are an unbelievable talent and one of the hardest workers in the NFL.  The reason AP didn't sit is because AP didn't want to.  He was starting to feel better after an earlier injury and wanted to play.  He plays because he loves the game and he's damn good at it.


Buffalo Bob
Since: Dec 11, 2011
Posted on: December 26, 2011 1:44 pm
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Since: Feb 17, 2007
Posted on: December 26, 2011 1:30 pm
 

Start of next season in doubt for Adrian Peterson

as a die-hard minnesota vikings fan i am pulling for adrian peterson & hope his surgery & rehab go well! buckeye 1952 i think you should think before you speak! classless fan base fair weather fan base? i've been a vikings fan my whole life win lose or draw! a new stadium deal is close to being a realitly & i know a lot of fans that can't wait! & classless hey this ain't callifornia! i watched a video of a san fran fan getting his ass kicked by oakland fans & no one did a thing too stop it!that's classless! not happening in minnesota where any fan is safe no matter what jersey he was on! if you live in minnesota you should understand not sure why you just don't get it?



Since: Oct 2, 2008
Posted on: December 26, 2011 1:05 pm
 

Start of next season in doubt for Adrian Peterson

We are not all pulling for Adrian peterson here in Minnesota.  Think before you speak.  I am not a Vikings fan and will never be.  I could care less if Peterson plays again or not.  Has he led your team to the promise land?  I think not and he will never.  All they had him out there was so he could pad his stats.  Talk about classless fan base, Minnesota fans are so fair weather.  If they win, they support the team, lose and forget it.  Also if the fans were so great why don't they tell their rep's in the state senate and house help build a new stadium......



Since: Mar 11, 2010
Posted on: December 26, 2011 1:00 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.



Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: December 26, 2011 12:58 pm
 

Start of next season in doubt for Adrian Peterson

I was at the game Saturday, I am a Skins fan, but I went to watch AP in action. It's a shame about his injury but I agree that I wouldn't doubt he could be ready by next opening day. He will benefit from the newest technology, by the best surgeon and will have a team of therapists working with him. He could come back stronger- Godspeed Peterson...



Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: December 26, 2011 12:56 pm
 

Start of next season in doubt for Adrian Peterson

Yeah as a Viking fan I am upset with the coaching.  Why risk an injury in a no win situation.  Both Peterson and Ponder got hurt.  We would have been in a much better position with a loss.  I don't think at this point in the year we needed to be as competative in that game as we were.
Are you serious? If you are healthy , you play! Unless you are getting ready for the playoffs. No one sits just because they are eliminated from teh playoffs unless they HAVE an injury. He wasn't coming off a knee injury, so sitting him makes absolutely NO sense!



Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: December 26, 2011 12:53 pm
 

Start of next season in doubt for Adrian Peterson

Yeah, seriously.  Why even play at all?  If the teams with nothing to play for would just forfeit the rest of their games, then we could all fully avoid any injuries.
Yeah, I said the same thing in a previous post. May as well just forfeit all teh games once you are elminated from playoff contention , even if it is 7-8 games. What a bonehead article! He was ready to go, so he played. It would have been different had he been coming off a kneee injury ...but he wasn't.



Since: Apr 3, 2007
Posted on: December 26, 2011 12:48 pm
 

Start of next season in doubt for Adrian Peterson

Yeah, seriously.  Why even play at all?  If the teams with nothing to play for would just forfeit the rest of their games, then we could all fully avoid any injuries.



Since: Aug 30, 2009
Posted on: December 26, 2011 12:42 pm
 

Start of next season in doubt for Adrian Peterson

Sadly, it isn't surprising that a Philly fan would think it is 'awesome' if AP's injury was career ending.  What a classless fan base that is...
Good luck, AP - we are all pulling for you here in MN.


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