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AP heard 'pop-pop-pop' on ACL, knew 'immediately'

Posted on: February 21, 2012 11:53 am
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Peterson says he knew he tore his ACL 'immediately.' (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Late in the 2011 season, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson suffered a gruesome-looking injury that immediately looked like it would require surgery and shut him down for the year. It was, in fact, a season-ending ACL tear.

And Peterson knew it immediately too. He said on the Dan Patrick Show Tuesday that he both heard and felt the injury when it happened.

"Immediately I knew my ACL was tore and just wanted to see what else I had damaged," Peterson said. "I heard three pops -- it was real quick, 'pop-pop-pop. And I definitely felt it."

Peterson recently said he'd start running on February 28, and told Patrick he was "not yet"able to run yet, but was optimistic about his recovery for the beginning of 2012 and said he was ahead of his rehabilitation schedule.

"Right now my goal is to be back for the first regular season game," Peterson said. "That's my goal. The recovery time for an ACL is eight-to-nine months so right now I'm ahead of schedule. So I'm just trying to be patient and not overdo myself. But it's going good so far."

Recovering in time for the next year from an ACL tear that occurred at the end of one season is an aggressive timeline. It's precisely why Peterson had surgery immediately after the injury occurred.

But Peterson is a special athlete and it's entirely plausible that he'll be recovered in time for the start of 2012 year (this is precisely why we took him in the second round of our first offseason mock draft in a CBS experts league).

The Vikings should learn a good lesson from Peterson's last recovery, though. When you're dealing with a franchise running back, there's really no need to rush him onto the field. The results can be disastrous.

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Since: Aug 7, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2012 2:32 pm
 

AP heard 'pop-pop-pop' on ACL, knew 'immediately'

The Vikings and coach Leslie are afraid now,  during the ex-Chilly era. Trying to get a stadium and working for whatever reason with a pretty crappy O-line, recycled QB's... Favre, most recently and Pepper even Randall Cunningham could and would have won with anything resembling a competent professional quality O-line. Until our running backs get holes with one man to beat to run to, there will never be a happy ending to the season. All Day has been a treat for everyone to watch. Backs like him don't come along often. Now,  looking at the mock draft picks, it's as if the belief is we're a wide receiver away from the super bowl. I'm not sure if medical marijuana would help alleviate or exacerbate that particular delirium. If it's present. stop it, if it's not start immediately on a strict regimen of medication. Couldn't hurt any worse than watching AP take on a hole with two, three defenders in it. As far as AP rushing back onto the field, obtain a restraining order. Draft some linemen and a secondary. Sprinkling a smattering of decnt players thru-out the line-up is not going to get it done. The Rt. side, the Lt. side of that O-line borders on criminal. Owning an NFL team is an expensive undertaking, but players, even at expected levels of opposition have only so long to use their bodies in pursuit of a ring and trophy. Management and ownership can make it a fair fight.




Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2012 9:58 am
 

AP heard 'pop-pop-pop' on ACL, knew 'immediately'

I have been reading recent reports of how Peterson only had a slight strain but because Leslie Frazier was so desperate to win games to save his job that Frazier hastily rushed Peterson back onto the field and thus exacerbating his injuries. I thought a coach was suppose to do what was in the best interests of the players and the team. Frazier is either very selfish or very incompetent. My money is that he is a little of both. 



Since: Jul 30, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2012 9:33 am
 

AP heard 'pop-pop-pop' on ACL, knew 'immediately'

Football is better with him in it.  Wish him well except against my Pack.



Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: February 21, 2012 11:52 pm
 

AP heard 'pop-pop-pop' on ACL, knew 'immediately'

  You wouldn't think that anyone with this injury could be ready by opening day, but if anybody could it's AP.  He should have the best tackle in the draft on his left side, and a couple more weapons to help him out.  Good luck in re-hab and we'll see you this fall!  Go Vikes!



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 9:10 pm
 

AP heard 'pop-pop-pop' on ACL, knew 'immediately'

you are a tool!!



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 7:42 pm
 

AP heard 'pop-pop-pop' on ACL, knew 'immediately'

I'm not a Vikings fan, but I'll still be pulling for AD to make it back.  He is a special talent.  I will be surprised if he makes the start of the season though.  He will have to pass a battery of test including ligament repair strenth (KT-1000 or equvialent), quad/ham strength ratio's, endurance tests, speed test, and functional agility.  It will be a tall task to meet NFL demands in that time frame. 


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Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2012 6:45 pm
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Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 4:55 pm
 

AP heard 'pop-pop-pop' on ACL, knew 'immediately'

 By no means is Minnesota a bad team as their record indicates, they were just badly coached with questionable plays throughout last season
No, they are a bad team. They have an aging defense that was good 2 years ago, ditto with the offensive line, and no established QB. That qualifies as a bad team in the NFL. 



Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 4:47 pm
 

AP heard 'pop-pop-pop' on ACL, knew 'immediately'

The Vikings should learn a good lesson from Peterson's last recovery, though. When you're dealing with a franchise running back, there's really no need to rush him onto the field. The results can be disastrous.

Agreed. Hope to see him back on the field very soon.



Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 4:46 pm
 

AP heard 'pop-pop-pop' on ACL, knew 'immediately'

Thanks for watching the Dan Patrick Show for me Brinson. Can I just forward you all of my DVR shows I haven't had time to watch yet and you can post the synopsis on here for me? Thanks.


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