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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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Since: Jun 14, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 12:32 pm

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

Agree, Superbronco.. I'm in an auction league, and always looking for value.  I will get AP CHEAP at my 2012 draft.  All the owners in my league are timid, and I picked up MJD for 6 bucks last year due to his supposed knee issues.

Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 12:19 pm

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

I'm gonna make a run for Adrian Peterson this year in my fantasy league.  This is the only year that you can snag a guy of his caliber at a decent value.  Even if he sits for the first game or two, he'll be a stud down the stretch.

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