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

Posted on: February 21, 2012 11:53 am
 
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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Comments

Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 4:34 pm
 

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

"Fantasy makes worthless games appealing. If you are a fan of Football (or any other sport), it makes the season more fun. Although it seems to fly by it is quite enjoyable. I finally got my father-in-law into it last season and he seemed never to get off of his computer leading up to gameday. After one season you will basically know almost all second stringers for every team lol. Totally recommend it."


I honestly tried, but I couldn't do it.  It just took more time than I had, I guess.  I know gambling (via fantasy leagues or otherwise) is huge, I couldn't imagine rooting against a team or a player that I follow. I'm a fan of my teams first and foremost.  If I were in a fantasy league and someone else had AP, no way would I cheer for him to have a bad day.  Not going to bag on it like some do, though. To each their own.  Maybe I will give it a try again some day.




Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: February 21, 2012 4:30 pm
 

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

What a lame way to end a decent article, relating an injury to a real player to fantasy football. I could really care less about your fantasy mock draft and where you rank AP on your big board. Get a life.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2012 3:51 pm
 

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

 I feel like the only person that can stop AP from playing Week 1 is AP. Hopefully he doesnt push it too hard here in the next couple months and is able to continue his stellar career without too much harm caused



Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 3:29 pm
 

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

congrats



Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 3:23 pm
 

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

     Superbronco, good point.  The only problem is that other knowlegeable owners in your league are probably thinking the same thing so the question is, when do you pull the trigger and take him?  Good luck and to the guy who got MJD cheap, smart srategy.



Since: Oct 19, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 2:42 pm
 

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

AD has incentives in his contract.  Good luck keeping him sidelined.



Since: Apr 25, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 2:16 pm
 

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

Fantasy makes worthless games appealing. If you are a fan of Football (or any other sport), it makes the season more fun. Although it seems to fly by it is quite enjoyable. I finally got my father-in-law into it last season and he seemed never to get off of his computer leading up to gameday. After one season you will basically know almost all second stringers for every team lol. Totally recommend it.




Since: Apr 25, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 2:10 pm
 

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

The Dumbest Coach of the Year goes to.......... Leslie Frazier.....Come on down and take a bow. The Vikings coaching staff is a horrid bunch allowing their star franchise runningback to play in a worthless game. They should of sat all starters anyways to move up in the draft. Throuh the year Frazier would seem to only utilize one of his stars at a time. For example, when Peterson was healthy he would not use Harvin and vica-versa. By no means is Minnesota a bad team as their record indicates, they were just badly coached with questionable plays throughout last season. Hopfully Peterson can get healthy and i dont question it because all indicators point to yes. He is a man chiseled out of stone. But if he is to stay healthy all season and have a future, Ziggy would have to get rid of the staff of clueless coaches.



Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2012 2:02 pm
 

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

Hope AP makes it all the way back and sooner than later.  He has been a truly great player.



Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 1:17 pm
 

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

Still can't get into fantasy football. It's got plenty of followers, but I don't get the appeal....

Anyway, I'm hoping that he doesn't get rushed back too early again, but it's up to AD how he feels.  I think the Vikes end up trying to air the ball out a little more at the beginning of the year instead of their predictable run, run, throw sequence that worked sooooo well last year.  With Toby hurt as well, I could see Harvin getting a lot of reps as a tailback and catching passes from the halfback position. They could even use Webb and Harvin in a quasi-wildcat set-up to play to both of their strengths.



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