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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 9, 2010
Posted on: December 26, 2011 12:40 pm

Start of next season in doubt for Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson is a class act and a workhorse.  If any player can come back sooner than later, it will be Peterson.  Godspeed for a complete recovery.

Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: December 26, 2011 12:38 pm

Start of next season in doubt for Adrian Peterson

Dang!  really sad to see this happen.  He is one of the greats and this will hurt his stats and performance for two years to come.  Plus he will never be the same on the field and in life.  Tragic....  Love you AD!  Get well soon, the football world will miss you more then they realize.

Buffalo Bob
Since: Dec 11, 2011
Posted on: December 26, 2011 12:29 pm
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Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: December 26, 2011 12:23 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. 

Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: December 26, 2011 12:21 pm

Start of next season in doubt for Adrian Peterson

its bound to happen when you work a guy too hard.

Since: Aug 9, 2008
Posted on: December 26, 2011 12:19 pm

Start of next season in doubt for Adrian Peterson

You know, some people really should not be allowed to post.  Try to make a meaningful comment and not just a stupid generality.  Not everyone in sports is on PHDs or smokes crack.  Stupid comment.  One should need a license to own and use a computer only after passing some sort of intelligence and competency test.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: December 26, 2011 12:16 pm

Start of next season in doubt for Adrian Peterson

After watching the replay a number of times I would not be surprised at all if this was a career ending injury..if not I highly doubt that Peterson will be anywhere close to the RB that he was before it happened.

This is a prime example of why teams should not invest much money in RBs..their shelf life is way too short.  Teams are much better off getting cheap RBs.

The Lions pulled Kevin Smith off his couch mid-way through the season and he is producing good results are the minimum salary.

That is why teams should never pay ADP, Forte, CJ or any other RB big money..invest in a QB, bolster you OL and any decent back will produce.

Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: December 26, 2011 12:03 pm

Start of next season in doubt for Adrian Peterson

Nice thing is there's no one in better shape in the NFL. That'll come in handy for rehab.
All the best, All Day. 

Since: Oct 29, 2006
Posted on: December 26, 2011 11:59 am

Start of next season in doubt for Adrian Peterson

Very seldom comment on this board, but whom ever you are you sure as heck don't know what you're talking about when it comes to Adrian Peterson...This guy is one class act!! I don't ever remember ever hearing where Adrian has been in any trouble!! He gives back to the community, is a great role model & is a class A citizen...Yes I'm an Oklahoma fan, not really a big Viking fan, but do root for Adrian & am rooting for him now in his rehab from a very serious injury!! I see why you have the reputation on this site as being a 0, as that is what it appears you are a ZERO...

Since: Dec 26, 2011
Posted on: December 26, 2011 11:47 am

Start of next season in doubt for Adrian Peterson

AP is a football player!! He got hurt, football players are paid to play 17 games a year. Although Minnesota stunk the joint up, AP should be in there when able to play. Football is dangerous game, supported by ticket paying fans, unfortunatly anytime a player takes the field he could become injured. Give the coaches a break!

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