|It could've been worse: AP is expected to be ready to play by the start of the 2012 season. (AP)|
By Ryan Wilson
Any postseason hopes for the Vikings have long since vanished, and last week, they lost their best player, Adrian Peterson, to a torn MCL and ACL in a meaningless Week 16 matchup against the Redskins. The injury was so serious that the early speculation was that Peterson could miss the start of the 2012 season.
Turns out, there's some good news courtesy of CBS Sports' NFL Insider Charley Casserly. From Sunday's appearance on The NFL Today:
"Dr. (James) Andrews said that they can expect him back for opening day this coming year," Casserly told CBS' James Brown. "In fact, there's even a chance he could come back a little sooner because of what I would call Adrian Peterson's exceptional physical traits."
That's welcome news for an organization that could use some. As it stands, the Vikings are 3-12 and head into their Week 17 matchup with the Bears holding the third-overall pick in April's NFL Draft.
Charley Casserly spoke with James Brown about Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's recovery from a knee injury.
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